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Choosing Produce Wisely with the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Guide

July 20, 2015
Choosing Healthy Vegetables free from Pesticides
Choosing Healthy Vegetables free from Pesticides

The use of Toxins and Pesticides in Today's Food Supply

Unfortunately, we live in a toxic world and it is important that we are aware of the produce we choose in respect to genetic modifications and pesticid use.  Many of the heavily sprayed crops have pesticides on them that we cannot wash off.  Many of these pesticides are known carcinogens and most are not even allowed to be used in European nations.  The best thing we can do is to learn to be aware of pesticides and to know which crops are the most heavily sprayed and which ones you can get away with purchasing from a "non-organic" source. I advise all of our patients to be sure their dairy and meat products come from a trusted farm where there are no harsh living conditions for the animals and the feed is non-GMO and healthy for the animals.  At The Natural Path, we always share this information with our general patients and HCG Diet patients.

 

The Problem with Todays Vegetables, Fruits and Pesticides

Each year, the Environmental Working Group puts out this consumer guide. It really is a wonderful resource. I recommend checking out their site to learn more about pesticides and genetically modified foods.  I believe that this list is an extremely valuable resource. We keep it at our office to share with our patients.   

 

Eating clean, lean proteins and vegetables with limited fruits is extremely important to a healthy diet and a healthy life.  Pesticides make vegetables very toxic.  Making the choice to purchase organic produce will  lower your exposure to pesticides. Pesticides have been shown to be carcinogenic; impede liver function and to cause problems in the nervous and endocrine system.    If you would like to now when you can get away with not purchasing organic please refer to the guide. 

 

The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Guide to Choosing Produce

Here is the 2015 list. 

Dirty Dozen:

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Snap Peas
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Hot Peppers
  • Kale/Collard Greens

Clean Fifteen

  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Mangoes
  • Onions
  • Papayas
  • Pineapples
  • Sweet Corn
  • Sweet Peas (Frozen)
  • Sweet Potatoes



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