Posted by Corie
The idea of conventional versus organic produce can be kinda weird. We know that veggies and fruits are really good for us, full of vitamins and minerals and all that jazz. They are nutrient dense, meaning we get more nutrients for fewer dense calories and thus more nutritional bang for our buck. However, not all produce is grown the same. Conventional produce is grown with pesticides, ya know like bug and weed killers, while organically grown produce is not. Through research we’ve discovered that some of that conventional produce, even after washing, has lots of pesticide residue stuck on there. That means along with those nutrients, you get chemicals that kill other living organisms… that doesn’t sound like a good thing to me. If we can avoid that, isn’t it kind of a no-brainer. Lucky for us the EWG puts out a Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen list where they outline the dirtiest 12 produce choices that it might be smarter to buy organic and the 15 cleanest conventional fruits and vegetables. Isn’t that cool?
Wanna know the top 3 dirtiest produce items on the list that you should for sure buy organic ’cause they’re covered in pesticide residue?
#3 – Grapes
#2 – Strawberries
#1 – Apples
Boom. Go read the rest of the EWG article.
P.S. The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help protect human health and environment, empowering the people to live healthier, happier lives. They do research and publish results on consumer products that may be harmful to our health on anywhere from the cleaners we use to wipe down our house to the foods we put in our body.
They even went a step further this year and made a Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives. The FDA allows more than 10,000 food additives to be used in processed foods. (One of the reasons we say to stay away from those highly refined foods) They say that they are generally recognized as safe, but some are concerning because they are so closely linked with serious health problems. The list makes it easy to see which are the worst, why, and how to avoid them.
Moral of the story here is that the more informed you are, the better the chances of you making awesome decisions. We don’t ALWAYS have to eat organic or never treat ourselves to something processed. It is, however, great to know which conventional and processed foods are the better and worse choices. It’s great to know what those pesticides and food additives do to your body. Soak it all in. Never stop learning. Be informed, be smart, and be awesome.
No recipe here, but one will be coming soon! Stay tuned.