Eating is like fashion – you can mix styles up, vintage with streetwear, swapped with copped, DIY with off-the-rack, designer with- dare I say it?- knockoff! You can also mix up your meals- frozen with fresh, fast food with home-cooked. But no matter what, you should always make sure to include what looks good and feels good, and usually, the healthiest foods are what your body likes. You wouldn’t be caught dead putting some things ON my body, and the same goes for what you put IN your body. But as fashion trends change, so do eating trends. One trend that has received much shine is organic foods. It’s wonderful that more and more consumers, restaurants, manufacturers, and farmers are seeing the benefits that come with going organic. However, this movement should be regarded as more than just a trend, and unfortunately, like fashion, some things just can’t fit in our budget, no matter how appealing they are.
There has been much research put into studying foods and their pesticide levels, and most of those studies correlate higher levels of pesticides with increased risk of harm to our bodies, increase of carcinogens, disease and disorders, and environmental problems. Because of that, try to go organic as much as possible. If you can’t, there are recommended crops to always buy organic, dubbed the “Dirty Dozen.” These 12 crops have the highest levels of pesticides, and if any money should be put towards organic, choose those! On the contrary, there is also the “Clean 15” list of fruits and vegetables that have the lowest levels of pesticides, meaning if you want to save a little dough, buying these non-organic won’t be as harmful.
Read the rest to get the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15 lists, plus a free shopper’s guide!
Sometimes organic produce isn’t always the cheapest. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch organic on sale, get a good deal from the farmer’s market, or organic may even be cheaper than conventional! But to reduce your exposure to high pesticide levels, make sure to put your money towards buying these fruits and veggies organic:
Dirty Dozen- Buy these Organic!
If you can’t afford to get organic, these “Clean 15” can be bought non-organic with lower levels of exposure:
Clean 15- Lowest in Pesticides
No need to memorize this list because the Environmental Working Group has put together a free shopper’s guide to pesticides. Click here for a free download and take this guide to your local grocery store or farmer’s market so you’ll know what to go manic for in the organic section. Of course, this is just a short list of the dirty and the clean. Unsure about one of your favorite fruits? Check the full list here. Do your research, and you’ll be able to shop wisely, benefiting both your health and your wallet!
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