Tuesday, November 27, 2012

My Dirty Little Secret.... In The Produce Isle.

Have you ever thought about your produce, and where exactly it's coming from? How it was grown, and what that means to you and your body? Maybe not, but I personally believe that in this case, ignorance is not bliss.

If you want to maintain your ignorance read no further. 

 : )

The hardest part with a post like this is where to start, so I will try to stick with stuff that you have probably never heard before.

There are two lists that the Environmental Working Group (EWG) compiled, called the Clean 15 and the Dirty Dozen. This is basically a list of produce that is important to buy organic, and foods that are less crucial to buy organic, due to the amount of pesticides that are found on/in them.  

Buy these organic!
According to the EWG, these are the most commonly contaminated produce items with highly toxic organophosphate insecticides. These insecticides are toxic to the nervous system and have been largely removed from agriculture, but they are not banned, so they still show up every once in a while. 

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Sweet Bell Peppers
  4. Peaches
  5. Strawberries
  6. Nectarines
  7. Grapes
  8. Spinach
  9. Lettuce
  10. Cucumbers
  11. Blueberries
  12. Potatoes

Don't sweat these guys!
While it is prime to eat all organic all the time, let's face it-- it adds up! These guys contain the least traces of insecticides, so we can save a buck and shop conventional produce when it comes to the clean 15. 
  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapple
  4. Avocado
  5. Cabbage
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangos
  9. Eggplant
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cantaloupe
  12. Sweet Potatoes
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Watermelon
  15. Mushrooms
I could stop there, but I have one more treasure of a tip that will help save time in the produce section, and hey knowledge is power right? At least that's when my mom used to tell me.

So when you are buying your produce and you want to know what you're looking at, if it's organic or not, or if it's genetically modified just find the produce sticker!

Now here is a super easy way to remember what the different numbers mean:
3 or 4 - it's a bore 
If the produce has 3 or 4 digits, then it is just conventionally grown
9 - it's just fine 
When there are 5 digits that begin with a 9, it's organically grown
8 - we hate

When there are 5 digits that begin with an 8, it is genetically modified and you should stop drop and run.

Easy enough right? I hope you found this post helpful!
Happy shopping!

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