The CLEAN 15!

Last weeks post was all about going organic when selecting fruits, veggies, milk and meats. Many conventional foods in these categories carry toxic amounts of pesticides, fungicides and herbicide residues that are carcinogenic to our bodies. The glyphosate has now been proven to contribute to the big “C”.

I know that organic produce and meats are more expensive. I get that, but I personally think it’s a wise investment in our health. Trust me on this one…health is the most important thing in your world. Try to treat your “temple” with the best nutrition you can afford. It will thank you by doing it’s best at keeping you healthy and out of the “sick” zone.

So if you can afford organic foods from the DIRTY DOZEN or the DIRTY 2 DOZEN I shared last week, then go for it.

The following foods are listed as the “CLEAN 15”. These are the foods that are typically low in pesticide residue, conventional or organic. They are not listed any order.

If you want to spend your hard earned grocery budget on ensuring organic from the “dirty 2 dozen” then buying the following foods from the conventional bins will help you stick closer to your food budget.

  • Onions – 5th cleanest – 70% tested clean of residue
  • Sweet Corn – less than 1% tested positive for pesticides although most corn is from GMO seeds. So in this case I would still go for organic!
  • Pineapple
  • Avocado – less than 1% tested positive for pesticides. These have been ranked the cleanest produce by the EWG.
  • Asparagus
  • Frozen sweet peas – ranked 4th cleanest
  • Mango
  • Papayas – 6th place – Hawaiian papaya is GMO. Buy organic if you want to avoid GMO.
  • Eggplant – 7th on the EWG list of clean 15
  • Asparagus – ranked in 8th place among the cleanest produce
  • Cantaloupe – domestic – ranked 12th
  • Broccoli – number 13
  • Kiwi – 9th on the list
  • Cauliflower – ranked 11th on the list this year
  • Cabbage
  • Watermelon
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Grapefruits
  • Mushrooms – ranked 14th
  • Honey Dew Melon

If you are trying to avoid Genetically Modified Foods as well then I suggest you buy sweet corn, papayas and summer squash from the organic section. Many US grown crops in this variety are produced from GMO seeds.

I hope this post and last weeks post help you make healthier choices at your supermarket.

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