Dirty Dozen – 12 Foods You MUST Eat Organic

Share134 Pin Tweet +1 EmailShares 134I update this list each year as it does go through some changes. Eating organic is something we can do both for ourselves and the planet. It makes you feel safe, healthy, and ‘green.’  It is a subject near and dear to my heart. For the 12 foods listed below, eating organic is much more than a ‘feeling.’ They have been proven to be drenched in deadly chemicals, so you don’t ever want to put them in your body unless they have that ‘certified organic’ sticker! There  are other foods that often don’t get  as much spraying ect. and you can get away with non organic if you have to.  Make sure you know the difference! Why Eat Organic? 1.  Better health through reduced allergies and diseases Organic food is not raised using chemical fertilizers and pesticides.  It therefore, does not contain any traces of these strong chemicals that can affect the human body. This is particularly important for children, fetuses, pregnant women or people with sensitive immune or digestive systems. 2. Better health through more nutrition Care and maintenance of soil, and preventive farming methods like crop rotation create fruits and vegetables that contain up to 50% more vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients than commercially farmed foods. 3. Better taste and Quality Many people believe that because organic is produced in smaller closer farms, it gets the perfect balance of nutrition and that ATTENTION that creates healthier plants. 4. Save the environment As harmful chemicals are not used in organic farming, there is minimal soil, air and water pollution; thus ensuring a safer world for future generations to live in. 5. Animal welfare Animal welfare is an important aspect of producing organic milk, organic meat, organic poultry, and organic fish. People feel happy that the animals are not confined to a miserable caged life while eating organic animal products. 6.  Non Genetically Modified By choosing organic you automatically eliminate genetically modified crops. We are just now beginning to be understood the problems of genetic modification for our bodies and the world. Why Not to Eat Organic 1. Its expensive; sometimes twice or three times the price. This just doesn’t seem fair. 2.  The selection of organic produce is not extensive enough. 3.  Some stores don’t sell enough organic so the produce sits too long before sale. 12 Foods You Must Eat Organic. 12 Foods You Must Eat Organic (“Dirty Dozen”) This list of foods is called the “Dirty Dozen” and is updated each year at EWG’s Shopper’s Guide. The below list was last updated for 2016. All foods listed below from worst to best (lower numbers = more pesticides) 1. Apples: This healthy powerfood has to look perfect or consumers are suspicious.  New to the top toxic spot, apples are susceptible to more than 30 insects and at least 10 diseases, and so are sprayed many times during the growing season. Fungicides and other chemicals are also added after picking to prevent tiny blemishes that … Continue reading Dirty Dozen – 12 Foods You MUST Eat Organic