Making the choice to eat healthy can be very overwhelming and confusing. Let’s face it, there are SO many different options and choices you have to make. Where to start though? I’ll be giving you a list that can help guide you through your choices.
First, I do want to say that if you have the opportunity to buy local, do it! You can do this by going to your local farmer’s market or buying direct from a farm. Don’t know where a farmer’s market is? Try Google searching farmer’s markets in your area.
When you buy local you get to meet your farmers and ask questions about how they grow their food, what they practice and more. Sometimes the farmer may not be certified organic but they use no types of pesticides. Plus, it’s always nice to put a face to the food you are nourishing yourself and your family with. Also, when you buy local you are helping small businesses! So not only are you helping the economy, you can have the comfort of knowing where your food comes from!
Buying organic is important because you decrease your exposure and intake of harmful pesticides. Pesticides are toxic by design. Sometimes buying all of your food organic is not possible because of your budget. Don’t let this stop you from not buying organic when you can!
There is a list that from the EWG (Environmental Working Group) that you can use which gives you the 12 most heavily contaminated fruits and veggies. These should only be bought organic as they pose serious health risks! They also give you a list of the cleanest fruits and veggies that is not necessarily needed to be purchased organic.
Here it is, the “Dirty Dozen”:
- Nectarines – imported
- Grapes – imported
- Sweet bell peppers
- Blueberries – domestic
- Kale/collard Greens
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Right? Just make sure that apple is organic because 94.1% tested positive for pesticides. Yikes!!
All of this information can be easily accessed by downloading “The Dirty Dozen” App on your smart phone. It will give you the complete list of most heavily to least heavily fruits and vegetables contaminated with pesticides. There are a whopping 53 items on the list! And the best part is you can never forget the list because you probably always have your phone on hand.
I hope this has been beneficial for you. Having a guide is a wonderful tool to help you make better choices about the foods you buy, especially if you are just starting your real food venture.
Until next time,
Loriel – Healthy Roots, Happy Soul