Archive for October, 2012

Hope you are all keeping cozy and safe. Sandy has begun to hit New England, and I am enjoying my day off from work.  I am trying to finish this blog post before we lose power! The winds and rain have definitely started to pick up.

America is about variety and options. Organic or non-organic? Farmers market or grocery store? These are some of the decisions that American consumers must consider when selecting produce. How can Americans be sure the vegetables they are choosing are safe and not filled with dangerous toxins? I am a firm believer of keeping unhealthy toxins out of my body and always try to purchase organic, local, and seasonal.

I came across some interesting research put out by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Their latest research shows that “the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure.” Bottom line, don’t use not being able to eat organic as an excuse for cutting out healthy fruits and vegetables, but if you are worried about the toxins and on a budget, the EWG released a helpful app which I thought was worth sharing.  

I know about the “dirty dozen,” and always try to have the list in the back of my mind when shopping, but the EWG app now includes two additions to the “dozen”: green beans and leafy greens–attention kale and collard green fanatics! Research supports that this list of fourteen is worth the organic investment. Think of the health benefits and how great your body will feel too!

In my opinion, even triple washed boxes of organic greens can benefit from an extra wash. The EWG also includes the “Clean 15”, the 15 least toxic fruits and vegetables. EWG testing found that selecting five non-organic choices from their list of fifteen fruits and vegetables will help you minimize your consumption of toxins. Some of my favorite fruits and vegetables are on the “Clean 15” list including onions, sweet potatoes, eggplant, cantaloupe and avocados.

You can download the EWG app for free. I recommend that if you find this information helpful, you browse their site too.  I really enjoyed their material and have implemented many of their helpful suggestions: freezing seasonal vegetables and a budget suggestion of proportioning fruits and vegetables for every $25 dollars you spend.  I would love to hear your thoughts.

What are some of the foodie/healthy living iPhone apps that you love?  What are your thoughts about the dirty dozen? 




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