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The Dirty Dozen – Foods to Buy Organic

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The Dirty Dozen – Foods to Buy Organic

A new Top 12 is out, but it’s not the kind of list you want to be on. But it is one you want to pay attention to. It’s the Dirty Dozen list of foods most likely to have pesticide residue on them. Think blueberries, potatoes, bell peppers. Or basically, just list all my favorite fruits and veggies, and you’ll have the entire list.

Sending a health-conscious Popeye into a tizzy, new on the list for 2010 is spinach. Sporting up to as many as 48 different pesticides, this go-to green has become almost a leave-behind leafy. With May being National Salad Month, this was a tough one to swallow (or spit out, in this case). It’s important to make things safe and easy. Olivia’s Organics just launched (yesterday, May 3, as a matter of fact) its new single-to-go salads, one of which is a baby spinach salad with tangy ranch dressing. Complete with plastic fork, 100% recyclable package that doubles as a bowl (how easy peasy is that?), and spinach cultivated on certified organic farms exclusively in the U.S.

Here’s that list to buy organic. After all, better safe than sick.

Fruits and veggies are an essential part of a healthy diet, but many conventional varieties contain pesticide residues. And not all the pesticides used to kill bugs, grubs, or fungus on the farm washes off under the tap at home. Government tests show which fruits and vegetables, prepared typically at home, still have a pesticide residue. You can reduce your exposure to pesticides by as much as 80% if you avoiding the most contaminated foods in the grocery store. To do so, you need the latest info from the why the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list of foods most likely to have high pesticide residues. Since 1995, the organization has taken the government data and identified which type of produce has the most chemicals. Read more…

 

 
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