Summer is here!


We are more active and spend more time outdoors during the long, summer days. Our bodies are craving the light, fresh, hydrating, and energizing fruits and veggies of the season.  

Unfortunately, many of those lovely fruits and veggies in your market are contaminated with harmful pesticides. Conventionally grown produce can contain high levels of pesticide residues.

"One quarter of what you eat keeps you alive; the other three-quarters keeps your doctor alive."


Choose organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible. This especially goes for fruits and vegetables that don't have a protective skin on them. But unfortunately like everything else, organic comes at a certain price. However it's shown that it's more important to buy certain foods organically than it is others. The EWG has provided a super Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce to help you shop for your fruits and veggies.  You can lower your pesticide intake by avoiding the “Dirty Dozen Plus” list and choosing produce from the “Clean Fifteen” list.
 
Check it out!

DIRTY DOZEN PLUS:

Apples
Celery
Cherry tomatoes
Cucumbers
Grapes
Hot peppers
Nectarines (imported)
Peaches
Potatoes
Spinach
Strawberries
Sweet bell peppers
PLUS: Kale/collard greens, summer squash*

CLEAN FIFTEEN:

Asparagus
Avocados
Cabbage
Cantaloupe
Sweet Corn*
Eggplant
Grapefruit
Kiwi
Mangoes
Mushrooms
Onions
Papayas*
Pineapples
Sweet peas (frozen)
Sweet potatoes 

(* Most Hawaiian papaya is GMO. A small fraction os zucchini and sweet corn are GMO - if you want to avoid GMO purchase the organically-grown produce.)


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