December 1, 2016


‘Go organic!’ is an advice that we persistently give on 2 Health App. Yet, buying only organic products can be a real, pricey challenge, especially if you and your family are on a budget. We have some great news for you: you don’t have to buy everything organic!


In this year’s edition of the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a list of the top 14 fruit and veggies that the customers must always buy organic. The so-called Dirty Dozen Plus list, based on the results of ongoing pesticide tests and researches performed on produce and collected by federal agencies, shows the products that have the highest pesticide load:


The Dirty Dozen

  • Strawberries

  • Apples

  • Nectarines

  • Peaches

  • Celery

  • Grapes

  • Cherries

  • Spinach

  • Tomatoes

  • Sweet bell peppers

  • Cherry tomatoes

  • Cucumbers

  • Hot peppers

  • Kale/ collard greens


The 2016 edit of the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce gives us also the Clean 15: the list of the foods that have the lowest pesticide contamination. This makes those products the safest to buy non organic:


The Clean 15

  • Avocados

  • Sweet corn

  • Pineapples

  • Cabbage

  • Sweet peas (frozen)

  • Onions

  • Asparagus

  • Mangoes

  • Papayas

  • Kiwi

  • Eggplant

  • Honeydew melon

  • Grapefruit

  • Cantaloupe

  • Cauliflower


We can’t stress enough on how important it is yours and your family’s health and wellbeing to start avoiding pesticides. There is a growing consensus in the scientific community that even small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can have adverse effects on health, especially during vulnerable periods such as pregnancy and childhood. Early exposure to pesticides, even when still at the mother’s uterus, can lead to children’s leukemia, brain cancer and other severe illnesses. 


Buying or growing organic food is beneficial not only for you and your family, but for the environment too. Pesticide and herbicide use contaminates groundwater, ruins soil structures, promotes erosion and is a serious contributor to “colony collapse disorder”: the sudden disappearance of pollinating honeybees that threatens the food supply and the economy.


As we mentioned earlier, buying only organic products can be indeed expensive. If you are not willing to spend some much money on food we recommend you to at least buy foods that are farmers’ production. Always do your little research on the farmers and ask them in details what kind of bug-busting methods they use. If they are not all-natural find another farmer. 


For more health and wellness inso read 5 QUICK BREAKFASTS THAT WILL GET YOU LEAN AND GREEN IN NO TIME.

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