TangibleGreen Tip - Eat Your Fruits and Veggies!
by Missy Strauss
This week’s TangibleGreen Tip is about eating your fruits and vegetables with as few pesticides as possible. Organic can be expensive and not always feasible, but there are better choices you can make when choosing which fruits and vegetables are more contaminated than others. The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. Use Environmental Working Group's (EWG) Shopper's Guide to Pesticides™ to reduce your exposures as much as possible, but eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all. This year EWG has expanded the Dirty Dozen™ with a Plus category to highlight two crops that did not meet traditional Dirty Dozen ™criteria but were commonly contaminated with highly toxic organophosphate insecticides that are toxic to the nervous system and have been reduced in agriculture use over the past decade but are not banned. See the EWG website for more info on the Plus category.
The Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ by EWG The Best and worst pesticide affected foods:
EWG's Dirty Dozen™ - As often as possible, buy these organic:
Sweet bell peppers
Note: Since GMO sweet corn is not labeled as such in US stores, EWG advises those who have concerns about GMOs to buy organic sweet corn.
EWG's Clean 15™ Lowest in Pesticide
This list is downloadable on Environmental Working Group's website…www.ewg.org and they've got an App for your convenience too. So get your fruits and vegetables the smart way..buy Organic and spend a little more for EWG's Dirty Dozen, and rest a bit easier when buying the regular EWG's Clean 15 ! And that's it for this week's TangibleGreen Tip!
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