Dirty Dozen – Why Choose Organic

A definition of “organic”

An organic product is that which is raised, grown, stored, and/or processed without the use of synthetically produced chemicals or fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, or any other pesticides, growth hormones or growth regulators.

Why is “Certified Organic” Important?

There are at least two good arguments for eating organic: fewer pesticides and more nutrients. Let’s start with pesticides. Pesticides can be absorbed into fruits and vegetables, and leave trace residues. A build up of toxins in the body over time can cause harmful disease.

A study out of Newcastle University from 2007 reported that organic produce boasted up to 40 percent higher levels of some nutrients (including vitamin C, zinc and iron) than its conventional counterparts. Soil that has been sprayed down with pesticides get stripped of valuable minerals. So why is organic better? It’s good for the environment and our soil. Our food has more nutritional value, and is safer to our own health, not to mention, it tastes better!

Dirty Dozen {Buy these organic}                      Clean 15 {Lowest in Pesticides}
1. Apples                                                            1. Onions
2. Celery                                                             2. Sweet Corn
3. Sweet Bell Peppers                                         3. Pineapple
4. Peaches                                                          4. Avocado
5. Spinach                                                           5. Asparagus
6. Strawberries                                                    6. Cabbage
7. Nectarines                                                       7. Sweet Peas
8. Grapes                                                            8. Mango
9. Lettuce                                                            9. Eggplant
10. Cucumber                                                     10. Kiwi
11. Blueberries                                                   11. Cantaloupe
12. Potatoes                                                       12. Sweet Potatoes
                                                                           13. Grapefruit
                                                                           14. Watermelon
                                                                           15. Mushrooms
If you’re buying from the “contaminated” list make sure you go organic. Peel your fruits and vegetables especially if they have been waxed, or wash them with a vegetable wash or diluted vinegar to remove pesticide residue. Although organic produce does tend to be more expensive than conventional, you might opt to buy organic specifically when you’re selecting foods that are most heavily contaminated with pesticide and insecticide residues.
Check out ewg.org for a full guide on how to live green!
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About Hannah Pidgeon, RHN

Graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2011. Consulting in Charlottetown, PEI. Mama to a beautiful baby girl.
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One Response to Dirty Dozen – Why Choose Organic

  1. Cheryl says:

    TERRIFIC information… I think I will start a Spring Cleanse myself.

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