Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce

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We could all use some help in finding out what foods are best to buy at the grocery store, so here is a great Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce. Organic food is always the number one type of food we can buy. Local, organic foods will be the very best for our bodies and our overall health and well being. People might complain that local organic food is more expensive than the non organic food, but this is because the crops are smaller and are usually tended to better. Organic food is not treated with any Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs and it is not treated with any pesticides either. The foods that are treated with these chemicals can sometimes have adverse effects on the digestive system because our body is made to produce food and not man made chemicals. So why do they add in the GMOs and pesticides anyway? Well, larger companies do this to get a higher, more reliable crop yield that is not subject to pests and diseases. We as human beings rely so much upon getting our food from outside sources that it would be hard to imagine what would happen if the crops were not able to produce enough food to feed everyone.

Different research studies have shown that the chemicals and pesticides in food can cause allergies and digestive issues among other problems which is why we want to try and stay away from them as much as possible. The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen is a list of fruits and vegetables that is put out to tell us which foods have the most pesticides on them. This can help you to determine which vegetables and fruits you will definitely want to purchase organic and which ones you can buy non organic. So the clean fifteen foods that have less pesticides on them include produce like avocados, papayas, kiwi, cauliflower, cantaloupe, mangoes, asparagus and corn. The other list of the dirty dozen includes fruits and vegetables like apples, strawberries, peaches, cherry tomatoes, spinach, and cucumbers. So these are the foods that you should be purchasing organic.

You can print out the photo from the EWG website and keep it in your wallet or purse or in a reusable grocery bag so that you always have it on you when you go out shopping for groceries. On the EWG website, you can find a free downloadable and printable list of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen for 2016, the list is updated every year. EWG stands for Environmental Working Group who is dedicated to bringing positive life tips to people so we can all lead healthier lives. They share information like this, as well as informing us all about things like; what is in our tap water? What is in the shampoo we buy and what is a good shampoo to use?

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