Although you are on the right track of healthy eating by loading up on spinach, blueberries and apples, if you are eating certain foods that are not organically grown, you are probably ingesting inflammatory chemicals from the fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides used to grow them. Certain fruits and vegetables are especially prone to absorbing these dangerous chemicals. Research studies by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) have shown that some vegetables and fruit have dangerous residue from up to 30 chemicals in one strawberry. In addition, half of the spinach samples collected and analyzed showed DDT - a very poisonous pesticide long banned by the United States.
Below is a list of the 'dirty dozen plus' items that you want to buy organic. Research by the EWG showed that 98% of the samples in the dirty dozen plus contained multiple chemicals. Following that is a list of the 'clean fifteen'. The majority of samples in this list tested for the smallest amount of chemicals - with avocados being the safest! Only 1% of avocados tested positive for pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides.
Print this list & stick it in your wallet or purse to have on hand while you shop!
Dirty 12 +
Sweet Bell Pepper
Sweet Peas (frozen)
Remember, many of these foods can help fight inflammation in your body, which calms down arthritis and other disease processes. If you are ingesting certain fruits and vegetables that are not organic, you are actually adding to the inflammation. Be smart about what you buy, and what you eat. Support Organic.
WHAT CAN YOU DO:
1. Grow your own organically! Build a raised bed garden and fill it with organic soil. Start an organic compost.
2. Tell your grocer to buy organic products for the dirty dozen, or you are going elsewhere to shop.
3. Shop where organics are sold - Mustard Seed, Earth Fare, and the local farmers markets.
4. Join the battle against the biggest offender of dirty food - Monsanto.
www.facebook.com/Fight-Against-Monsanto & http://www.march-against-monsanto.com
More information can also be found at the Environmental Working Group website: https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/index.php
*EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce, updated every year since 2004, ranks pesticide contamination of 48 popular fruits and vegetables. The guide is based on results of more than 35,200 samples of produce tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration. It is important to note that the samples are tested for pesticides after they have been prepared to be eaten. This means the produce is thoroughly washed and, when applicable, peeled.
*EWG's groundbreaking work on pesticide policy since its inception in 1993, has fought for consumers' rights to live healthier lives in a healthy environment.