The Dirty Dozen Foods
We all know that pesticides are a part of farming. If pesticides weren’t used at all, a huge amount of the food we consume would be damaged or destroyed by bugs and animals, and that just isn’t acceptable. Of course, there are many types of pesticides on the market today, and some of them are much more environmentally friendly (and friendly for those who consume the food) than others.
Different types of foods are typically treated with different types of pesticides, so learning which ones have the most unhealthy chemicals in and on them is very important. If you’re looking to keep potentially dangerous chemicals out of your body, try to avoid these foods unless you grow them yourself or choose an organic option.
The following 12 foods are on the ‘dirty dozen’ list for 2016 because they have the most pesticide residue on them when sold in stores. Remember, in many cases even washing or peeling these foods won’t entirely remove the chemicals.
The Dirty Dozen –
The Worst Offender on Top
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Cherry Tomatoes
Each of these foods (and quite a few others) contained significant amounts of chemical pesticides on them when the FDA tested them. Many of these chemicals can seep into the flesh of the fruit or vegetable, which means that you will be consuming no matter how well you wash or peel them.
Best Way to Avoid the Dirty Dozen
Of course, you don’t want to eliminate these foods from your diet entirely. They are all exceptionally good for you, as long as you can find them without the dangerous chemicals. For most people, the easiest way to do this is to look for certified organic versions of these foods. Most stores today have entire sections where you can find most any fruit or vegetable is grown organically, which is a great option.
Another great way to get these fruits and vegetables is to buy directly from a farmer or farmer’s market. This way you can talk directly to the grower, and determine what type of pesticides they use. If they are using toxic pesticides, move on to another grower. If they are committed to organic practices (even if they are not certified organic), then they will likely be very clean and healthy.
The best way to get these foods without any risk of toxic chemicals is, of course, to grow them yourself. If you live in an area where any of these foods can be grown in your garden, make sure you take advantage of this. You can grow large quantities and can many of them. Many people will work together, each growing different fruits or vegetables, and then trading their produce when it is ripe. This makes gardening much easier, while still offering an excellent variety.
However, you decide to do it, make sure you make a real effort to avoid the commercial versions of these ‘dirty dozen’ foods. Your body will thank you.