Thursday, June 28, 2012

What Should I Buy Organic?

We share the common goal of being as healthy as possible, losing excess weight, maintaining our desired size, and gaining a lifetime of stamina and fitness.  So, whether you are in the first phase of weight loss or well into sustainable maintenance, you'll want to chose the freshest, tastiest, and most health promoting foods possible.  Here are two lists, the "Dirty Dozen" and the "Clean 15."  You can click the link below to read more!

The Dirty Dozen:                                             The Clean 15: 

  1. Apples                                                     1.  Onions                     13.  Grapefruit
  2. Celery                                                      2.  Sweet Corn              14.  Watermelon
  3. Sweet bell peppers                                  3.  Pineapple                 15.  Mushrooms
  4. Peaches                                                  4.  Avocado 
  5. Strawberries                                            5.  Cabbage
  6. Nectarines (imported)                              6.  Sweet Peas
  7. Grapes (imported)                                   7.  Asparagus 
  8. Spinach                                                   8.  Mangoes
  9. Lettuce                                                    9.  Eggplant
  10. Cucumbers                                             10.  Kiwi
  11. Blueberries (domestic)                            11.  Cantaloupe
  12. Potatoes                                                  12.  Sweet Potatoes
Leanne Beattie, health and food writer says, "When eating conventional foods, be certain to peel away edible skins and outer leaves (such as those on lettuce) as pesticides are often concentrated there. Remember to wash all produce (conventional and organic) thoroughly with a natural fruit and vegetable cleanser. Peeling and washing can help reduce (not eliminate) pesticide exposure, but also results in the loss of valuable vitamins and nutrients (like fiber). When you have the choice between an organic item and one that’s conventionally grown, choose organic as much as possible. To see EWG's complete study results, and the rankings of 43 different produce items, visit their website,"  

To read more, visit, Buying Organic Food on a Budget

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