Not all of us can afford to go 100% organic every time we shop. The solution? Focus on those foods that come with the heaviest burden of pesticides, additives and hormones. According to the Environmental Working Group, consumers can reduce their pesticide exposure by 80% by avoiding the most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating only the cleanest. If consumers get their recommended 5 daily servings of fruits and veggies from the 15 most contaminated, they could consume an average of 10 pesticides a day. Those who eat the 15 least contaminated conventionally grown produce ingest less than 2 pesticides daily.
A very handy way to identify which foods you should focus on buying organic is by following the "Dirty Dozen" & "Clean Fifteen" lists. The "dirty dozen" are a list of the top 12 most heavily sprayed fruits and vegetables. By avoiding non-organic produce found on this list and focusing on eating more of the clean fifteen, which are the least sprayed, you can significantly reduce your toxic exposure from the foods you eat.
Check out EWG's guide to Pesticides in Produce here and download the food lists.
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A place for me to share my own experiences as an ND & Mom, things I find interesting in the world of wellness & medicine, share recipes, health tips and home/DIY self care ideas. Between 2012 & 2016 I got married, moved twice and had two kids! But I'm back and have SO much to share with you now. Becoming a mom has completely changed my world and my practice. Stay tuned for lots more from me :)