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Buy Organic Food: Pesticide Dirty Dozen

| by Toni Brayer MD

The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit focused on public health. We know that the long term consequences of eating chemicals from pesticides is damaging to our health.

The EWG analyzed data from the FDA and  found that people who eat five fruits and vegetables a day from the dirty dozen are eating 10 pesticides a day. 

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We want people to eat more fruits and vegetables, but NOT to ingest more chemicals. Rinsing reduces but does not eliminate pesticides. What is the answer? Rinse completely and buy the following foods organic when possible.

The Dirty Dozen:

  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Nectarines
  • Bell Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Cherries
  • Kale/Collard Greens
  • Potatoes
  • Grapes (imported)

Summer is a great time to visit farmers markets. Fortunately stores like Safeway are now stocking organic fruits and vegies. Start with the dirty dozen and do your body a favor. 

Got an iPhone? Check out this site and download the shopper's guide to pesticides app.