The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen
Sorry for the lil break between posts. I was too busy enjoying Spring!
Now, this might seem like old news to some, but I know this is a list that I appreciate.
The Environmental Working Group creates an easy quick reference guide to the fruits and veggies with the highest pesticide residue. Handy huh? Especially considering the toxicity levels in our bodies. We are exposed to so many chemicals each day – think about it for a moment. Shampoo/Conditioner, skincare products, haircare products, perfumes car fumes, pesticides, smog and pollution and so it goes… On, and on and on.
So anything that helps us reduce that toxicity, even just a little will have an affect on our health. I know some people think that’s total bollocks, but hey – I don’t, so here it is.
The Dirty Dozen 2011 – choose organic instead
- Sweet bell peppers
- Kale/collard greens
As my beautiful sister also pointed out, (thanks G!) unfortunately we need to add the brassicas to this group (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower etc). In Australia these vegies are sprayed for the cabbage moth about 16 times in the growth cycle! Sorry, what?!
Anyway they slow down your metabolism (store more fat) and are best eaten alongside foods that need a slower metabolic rate for absorption such as pork and fatty meat. But that’s a whole other story.
But, don’t fret too much. The EWG also creates the Clean Fifteen list. These are the fruits and veggies with the lowest levels of pesticides. Which means, less dosh spent on organic.
How’s this for a fun-fact. The EWG has noted that if we choose to eat five servings of fruit and veg from the Clean Fifteen instead of the Dirty Dozen list then we can reduce pesticide ingestion by 92%. Now that is a whopping figure.
- Sweet corn
- Sweet peas
- Sweet potatoes