Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Back to Basics 7 - Dirty Dozen

Buying organic is very important. It means putting food on your table without any kind of pesticides or chemical fertilizers that could harm your body and those of the ones you love. It also means less fossil fuel converted into fertilizers and it means healthier soil that should sustain crops for generations to come.
But not all of us can afford to buy everything organic. It would be great if you could just pick out anything in the grocery store and it didn't have harmful chemicals in it. But unfortunately, that is not the case. Boo.
So what is a person to do??? Well, we can start off buying organic food that would have had the highest pesticide residue. This is a list of the foods you should ALWAYS buy organic:

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines
  7. Grapes
  8. Sweet bell peppers
  9. Potatoes (but not sweet potatoes)
  10. Blueberries
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale/Collard green
You can print this little chart out and hang it on your fridge.
If you can't remember this, just keep in mind that almost anything that does not have a hard exterior, something you don't have to peel, must be bought organic. The 3 main categories are tree fruits, berries and leafy greens.

Read more: http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/eat-safe/dirty-dozen-foods#ixzz2K2aCGRDi

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