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Holistic Nutrition: the "dirty dozen" fruit and vegetable list

Posted by Eve Colantoni CHC on Mon, Feb 01, 2010

Were you aware that non-organic fruits such as peaches, strawberries and imported grapes are some of the most contaminated produce you can buy?

After analyzing over 85,000 government tests, the Environmental Working Group dubbed twelve fruits and vegetables the "dirty dozen." So named because they're the most likely to contain pesticide residue, some of the "dirty dozen" can have dozens of different pesticides on them at once.

Of course, organic is your best option when buying produce. But, when you can't go organic, take note of what you're putting into your cart to make sure you're not getting more than you bargained for!

Here is the complete list of "dirty dozen" items that I recommend you purchase only if they're grown organically:

Peaches
Apples
Bell peppers
Celery
Nectarines
Strawberries
Cherries
Kale
Lettuce
Imported grapes
Carrots
Pears

In addition to naming the Dirty Dozen, the Environmental Working Group identified the "Clean Fifteen". These are the fruits and vegetables that contain the least amount of pesticides even when they're not specifically organic. They are:

Onion
Avocado
Sweet corn
Pineapple
Mango
Asparagus
Sweet peas
Kiwi
Cabbage
Eggplant
Papaya
Watermelon
Broccoli
Tomatoes
Sweet potatoes

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To Eat or Not to Eat: Meat

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Eve Colantoni, CHC, is the lead Nutrition and Wellness educator at National Integrated Health Associates, NIHA, a leading integrative medicine and dental center serving the Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia metropolitan area, and founder and director of the Weight Loss for Tired People Nutrition Program.  

 


 

 

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