Dirty Dozen & Clean 15

Trish GreenMarch 30th, 2016  |   () comments

One of the biggest ways that we can help our planet and our bodies is to try to eat as organically as possible. Various studies have been carried out about the detrimental effects of toxins on our bodies and many of these studies have been refuted (usually by the FDA - no comment!) but I guess we all just need to use a little commen sense: Do we really want to add to our environmantal toxic load through our food? Do we need proof that pesticides are harmful? I reckon that erring on the side of caution is the best course to follow - we know that organic food contains no toxins, we know that conventional food does so let's just not take the risk that anything bad is passing into our bodies!

So, you may be thinking about going organic or at least part way organic as it is actually quite difficult to go organic in every aspect of our lives and it can lead to obsessing about food and where it comes from and quite frankly who needs that extra stress? So to help us, various lists have been published about the fruit and vegetables containing the most and the least toxins and pesticides - ie the ones that are actually ok to eat in a non organic state and the ones that we should really try to avoid. (Most of the lists are published in the USA but I have created one that is more relevant to us in Australia).

Foods to avoid - 'The Dirty Dozen'

  • Apples
  • Capsicum
  • Blueberries
  • Celery
  • Grapes
  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Spinach

Foods that are ok 'The Clean 15'

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Cabbage
  • Rockmelon
  • Kiwi
  • Eggplant
  • Mushrooms
  • Grapefruit
  • Onions
  • Mango
  • Peas
  • Watermelon
  • Sweet potato
  • Corn
  • Pineapple

I dont obsess about organic, what I do care about it wholefoods, preferably grown locally so for example if I had the choice of buying organic broccoli from the supermarket or buying broccoli that is grown and brought to my local farmers market by the farmer himself who assures me that it is not sprayed but he just can't quite justify the enormous fee for the organic accreditation, I choose the farmer (and not just because he is cute, that has nothing to do with it, honestly).

So if you feel like gradually making the switch, print off the list and take it with you when you go shopping, better still get to the markets and speak to the farmers - let me know if you find a cute one!  

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