The “Dirty Dozen” and “The Clean 15”
Off to the market we go, complete with the shopping in hand. I find myself spending hours at the market. And you? By the time you read labels, try to decipher what exactly is in the products, knowing I can’t always assume “natural” means natural, and then who has the best price? The anxiety builds.
Of course, I would love to buy organic meats, fruits and veggies, but who can afford that? So here’s my “tip of the day” received from a local naturopathic registered nurse.
When should you choose organic?
Twelve products with the highest pesticide residues are called “The Dirty Dozen.” Buy organic of these products whenever possible:
Peaches, Sweet Bell Peppers, Nectarines, Cherries, Grapes (Imported), Lettuce, Apples, Celery, Strawberries/Blueberries, Pears, Spinach, Kale, Collard Greens, and Potatoes.
All the produce on “The Clean 15” have little to no traces of pesticides, and are safe to consume in non-organic form. This list includes:
Onion, Sweet Corn, Mango, Asparagus, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Grapefruit, Honeydew Melon, Avocado, Pineapple, Sweet Peas, Kiwi Fruit, Eggplant, Watermelon and Sweet Potatoes.
Now that’s a nice reference for smart, healthy shopping! How about you? What are your “tips of the day?”
“Count Your Blessings”