Gorgeous picture right? That is what a normal trip from the Farmers Market looks like for me once a week. I am super grateful to have these amazing Markets here in L.A. 😉 So maybe you are trying to eat healthy and make the right the decisions starting by including more fruits and vegetables in your diet. Great job! That is the first step and hopefully you are feeling good about your smart decisions. But now to the next curve ball you might be facing is – To buy organic or not? (There was a recent study out this month stating that there was not a significant difference in buying organic vs. conventional. The study had a big focus on meat. Well, as with any study, did it really cover everything and analyize everything to the very last finding? I am not convinced and I have been getting asked what I thought. So here we go.)
Well, I will say always buy organic, that is me and I could go on and on for the reasons why, plus I am a strong believer in supporting your local Farmers. But that really is another topic of discussion, so let’s keep things simple shall we! I know some of you will say it is another scare tactic and that your grandparent’s are still healthy as can be and they never eat organic and that is fine. This is just my input.
I have 2 very strong personal reasons (along with many others) on why I choose Organic. For one, I personally have never felt better since I have really focused and been more conscious with my health and nutrition and I know choosing Organic (when possible) has been a big contributing factor. Secondly, the Taste is completely different! Organic “anything” just tastes out-of-this-world delicious. Me being the Moni Meals Chef that I am…this reason alone gets my vote!
The proof regardless of how you feel on the matter, is that the more pesticide’s that you have in your body, the more chances you have that your hormones can get “wonky” along with other issues arising. This can be mood swings, mental disorders (anxiety/depression), and weight issues just to name a few. Ummm, No thanks. It is called Toxicity, Less-Nutritional Value, and Harmful Health and Environmental Safety! Think about it, why would you want MORE of that?
So whether you are on a budget and need to prioritize your organic purchases, or you would simply like to know which type of produce has the highest pesticide residues—and which do not—I got it covered for you. I find The Dirty Dozen- (the list of the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables) to be very important to understanding and you really should have an idea of what is being done to the foods you eat. Seriously, who likes an apple flown in from Chile that is not organic and covered in wax? No Thanks again! I honestly would prefer to find a bug on produce rather than it being so shiny, plastic “fake-looking,” and LOADED with dozens of different pesticides flown in from 3,000 miles away.
You can reduce your exposure to pesticides by as much as 80% if you avoiding the most contaminated foods in the grocery store.
(Blueberries are one of the dirtiest berries on the market, as much as 52 different pesticides!! But don’t panic, I took this picture in my kitchen and the berries came from the Farmer’s Market in Santa Monica and they are very organic and delicious!)
When buying fruits and vegetables, there are definitely some that you NEED to pay attention to (The Dirty Dozen) and that you really SHOULD buy only Organic.
Other fruits and vegetables may not be contaminated but I highly encourage you to do your best to buy organic when it is possible. Do not get me started on “But Buying Organic is just too expensive…” Oh Please, I will do a post on that to come. It is very affordable if you do it right, you can start buy finding your local Farmers Market, mmm- k!
Below is the list of the Most and Least Contaminated Fruits and Vegetables. PAY ATTENTION TO THEM:
12 Most Contaminated
Now for the fun facts…yummy. 😉
7. Bell peppers
12 Least Contaminated
Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that I am not a Registered Dietitian. While my advice relies on my own personal experience and research, what has been successful for myself and others may be not best for you. You should always consult your doctor when making changes to your diet. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.