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If I’m on a budget, what should I really focus on when shopping for organic foods?

Most of us know that eating organic food has the benefits of more nutrients per mouthful, better flavour and taste for some foods like carrots, tomatoes and chicken, as well as none of the detrimental effects of pesticides. Don’t get me started on pesticides – I’ll write a whole blog on the negative effects on our bodies from these hormonally active (‘xenoestrogenic’) toxins that can negatively impact our fertility, health and longevity! The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has recently updated it’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. It lists the “Dirty Dozen”  (which now is really the dirty 15, but that doesn’t sound as catchy!) that are the ones to focus on when you’re buying organic vegies. The “Clean 15” contain less residues, and are less problematic.

Please note that eating ANY vegetables and fruit far outweighs the benefits of any pesticide exposure, so don’t be put off eating veg and fruit if you can’t afford organic foods.

You can go to the website and download a nifty coloured printout to take shopping with you at: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php

Happy Shopping!

The Dirty Dozen – Buy these organic:

Apples

Celery

Cherry

Tomatoes

Cucumbers

Grapes

Hot Peppers

Nectarines

Peaches

Potatoes

Spinach

Strawberries

Capsicum

Kale

Summer Squash & Zucchini

 

The Clean 15: Lowest in Pesticide:

Asparagus

Avocado

Cabbage

Cantaloupe

Corn

Eggplant

Grapefruit

Kiki

Mango

Mushroom

Onion

Papaya

Pineapple

Sweet Peas

Sweet Potatoes