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D is for Dirty Dozen

As we increase our intake of healthy fruits and vegetables it’s necessary to navigate the organic vs. non-organic decision. In a perfect world all the produce we buy would be naturally free of pesticides. We live in a time where farming practices have moved to large scale farms that rely on using Round Up and other weedkillers.

There is a resource we can use to help with our decision. The Dirty Dozen list. (There is also a Clean 15). The EWG (Environmental Working Group) publishes a list of fruits and vegetables each year ranking them based on contamination.  

If you want to minimize your exposure, this is a good place to start. 

Dirty Dozen list (highest levels)
  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Potatoes 

Two additional foods to buy organic:

  • Raisins
  • Oats

The idea is to make the best choice possible, and if you can, buy produce from a local farmer’s market. If you’re focused on eating more plant-foods, the quality of fruits and vegetables matters.

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As a certified life coach with a lifelong interest in health and fitness, I’ve studied the struggle. I’ve also studied the connection of body and mind and how they work together to amplify our well-being. Many of us are in an unhealthy relationship with food. It’s my goal to change that.

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