Monday, May 3, 2010

dirty dozen...

i just spent my nap time pureeing ice cube trays full of every fruit and veggie i could think of for finn. one huge advantage of making baby food is that it is a lot cheaper to feed him organic food than if i bought the baby food jars of organic foods. and as much as i strive to feed both he and lily organic produce, sometimes it just gets too expensive.

i just read a recent post at simple organic explaining that the environmental working group just released it's updated list for 2010 of the most contaminated fruits and veggies in terms of pesticides. and they say that if we buy organic when it comes to the 12 most contaminated, we can reduce our pesticide exposure by up to 80%!

the dirty dozen

these are the fruits and veggies that are most contaminated in terms of pesticides, starting with the most contaminated...
1. celery
2. peaches
3. strawberries
4. apples
5. blueberries
6. nectarines
7. bell peppers
8. spinach
9. kale
10. cherries
11. potatoes
12. grapes (imported)

the clean fifteen

these are the cleanest fruits and vegetables, so if your budget doesn't afford organic you don't have to fret too much about these. they are listed in order beginning with the cleanest...

1. onions
2. avocados
3. sweet corn
4. pineapple
5. mango
6. sweet peas
7. asparagus
8. kiwi
9. cabbage
10. eggplant
11. cantaloupe
12. watermelon
13. grapefruit
14. sweet potato
15. honeydew melon

it's always good t o have a little guidance, right?

1 comment:

Jim said...

I just read an article about how the dirty dozen disrupt our endocrine system. I just had to come back and mention it here, in the off chance that someone reads your blog post, then reads the comments, and I single-handedly save their endocrine system myself.

don't eat the dirty dozen. you'll get fat