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Organic vs. Conventional?

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Organic vs. Conventional?


The Dirty Dozen: Know When to Choose Organic


Selecting the best for our bodies can be a constant struggle in our modern world. With flashy ads, hundreds of books on contradicting eating plans, and millions of food options available at our fingertips, making the wisest food choices on a regular basis can seem almost daunting and unattainable. But small changes in how we make our selections can have have huge impacts in supporting our body’s overall health.


The organic vs. conventional produce debate has been an ongoing question for most of us. The role of pesticides on produce is to kill insects during the growing process, but these same toxins remain in our foods and can have damaging effects on our own healthy cells as well. High levels of pesticide exposure have been shown to be associated with increased risk of cancer, respiratory diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD, autoimmune diseases, and birth defects.


While avoiding exposure entirely is likely impossible in today’s world, the good news is we can make healthy decisions every time we shop. The Environmental Working Group (a non-profit research and advocacy group specializing in toxins and agriculture), releases research each year testing and ranking the pesticide residue in our produce. From there research they release a Dirty Dozen list: the top twelve foods with the highest levels of pesticide residue that is most important to buy organic. They also release a Clean 15 list: fifteen foods with little residue and can be safely bought conventional if necessary.


We know that for most of us, our location and/or finances limit us from buying all organic, all the time. So having these lists available as a resource can be a great tool in our strive towards whole body health and well-being.

Dirty Dozen: (Important to be organic)

-Strawberries

-Spinach

-Kale

-Nectarines

-Apples

-Grapes

-Peaches

-Cherries

-Pears

-Tomatoes

-Celery

-Potatoes


Clean 15: (Can be bought conventional)

-Avocados

-Sweet Corn

-Pineapples

-Sweet Peas (frozen)

-Onions

-Papayas

-Eggplants

-Asparagus

-Kiwis

-Cabbages

-Cauliflower

-Cantaloupes

-Broccoli

-Mushrooms

-Honeydew Melons



In my personal life as well as my coaching practice, I believe in the benefits of making small, healthy decisions in the day-to-day that will have great impact on our daily and long-term health and wellness. To learn more about the benefits of eating organic and reducing toxic load in our food and everyday choices, visit the Environmental Working Group at: https://www.ewg.org/consumer-guides.

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