The Clean 15 and the Dirty Dozen

Most of us hear the debate about organic and non-organic and wonder what is right for us, our friends and family.

Firstly lets answer a couple of questions. 

What exactly is organic? 

Ingredients which are grown without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, gmo's or ionizing radiation.  Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs that do not take antibiotics or growth hormones.  

Growth factor, pesticides and antibiotics are all possible sources of toxins in our food today.

What is a GMO?

Genetically Modified Organism's are organisms in which the genetic material has been altered in a plant or animal in a way that does not occur naturally.  It allows selected genes to be inserted into another organism, also between non related species, using techniques of genetic engineering. 

Eating organic is the best way to eliminate the harmful effects of pesticides, GMO's and growth factor in your food to nourish your body and mind. 

Organic also beats conventional as it inherently keeps more antioxidants and vitamins intact within the food.

However all that being said, buying organic is not always affordable, plus not necessarily always convenient. 

A healthy diet relies on eating lots of fruit and vegetables.  So it is important that you don't skimp with health on conventional foods, to afford a few organic items.  

The best way to start is where possible shop locally and eat what is in season.  Support farmers markets and you are sure to get a better quality of food if it hasn't been transported miles across continents.  And avoid processed food where possible.   

The Environmental Working Group http://www.ewg.org has created a list of the foods that are okay to buy non-organic and have the least amount of pesticide residue to reduce your risk of chemical contamination.  

You can use it to make best choices for you and your loved ones.  

Clean 15 - Least contaminated by Pesticides and Insecticides

Asparagus

Avocados

Cabbage

Cantaloupe

Sweet Corn

Eggplant

Grapefruit

Kiwi

Mangos

Mushrooms

Onions

Papaya

Pineapples

Sweet Peas (frozen)

Sweet Potatoes

Dirty Dozen and some....   - Avoid buying non-organic as they are the most effected by pesticides and GMO's

Apples

Celery

Cherry Tomaotes

Cucumbers

Grapes

Hot Peppers

Nectarines

Peaches

Potatoes

Strawberries/Rasberries

Capsicum (Peppers)

Leafy Greens - Spinach, Kale, Collard greens

Zucchini