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    Clean 15

    In Wednesday's post, we discussed the Dirty Dozen, the fruits and veggies that you want to make sure to buy organic because of the amount of pesticides they carry when grown conventionally. On the other side of the coin, today we're discussing the Clean 15! These are the fruits and veggies that you can eat conventionally, don't need to buy organic, because they are not sprayed as heavily with pesticides, or they have a thicker skin to protect them from the pesticides. 

     

    Clean 15:

    1. Onions

    2 Avocado

    3. Cantaloupe

    4. Pineapple

    5. Mango

    6. Sweet Peas

    7. Eggplant

    8. Cauliflower

    9. Asparagus

    10. Kiwi

    11. Cabbage

    12. Watermelon

    13. Grapefruit

    14. Sweet Potatoes

    15. Honeydew Melon

     

    So when you have the option of where to spend your money on produce, spend it on the dirty dozen! And the clean 15 don't have to be organic! Spread the word, forward this email or send a link to our newsletter here! 

    Dirty Dozen

     

    Foods To Buy Organic

    Eating fresh produce is one of the very best ways to get nutrients to support optimal health. Fruits and veggies are packed with vitamins and minerals and can protect against many diseases. However, when it comes to buying produce, going 100% everything organic can be very expensive. The good news is that you don't really need to buy all organic produce! But there are certain ones that you probably should really consider always buying organic.  

    A good rule of thumb when buying organic is to think of the fruits and vegetables that have thin skins and also skins that you eat... these guys have less protection from the harmful pesticides and chemicals that can more easily penetrate through that thin skin into the fruit or vegetable. 

    Pesticides can have real health risks, especially for children and those with health concerns. 

    According to studies, this list of the "Dirty Dozen" has the highest pesticide load when grown conventionally, making them the most important to buy organic versions - or to grow them organically yourself. 

     

    1. Apples

    2. Peaches

    3. Nectarines

    4. Strawberries

    5. Grapes

    6. Celery

    7. Spinach

    8. Sweet Bell Peppers

    9. Cucumbers

    10. Cherry Tomatoes

    11. Snap Peas

    12. Hot Peppers

    13. Blueberries  

    (Ok, our list is a baker's dozen)  

    The decision is always yours, but having this information is just good for you and your family!