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?

Fruit & Veggies

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”


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