It’s officially Spring! There’s nothing better than a nice bowl of fruit while soaking in the sunshine… or is there? While you may feel like you’re making healthy choices by eating fruit as a snack, according to the new Dirty Dozen just released by EWG, you may reconsider.
The top 5 on the Dirty Dozen list for containing the most pesticides are:
The unnerving thing is that these are some of the most common household produce today. The majority of the time we eat produce, we are doing so in hopes that we are being mindful and healthy. However, after reading the recent list it could be just the opposite. The chemicals found on these products can contribute to health issues such as cancer and even fertility problems.
Since the produce mentioned on the Dirty Dozen are things I recommend you incorporate in your diet, there are ways for you to avoid the chemicals. A few things I recommend is buying organic produce, although it may be a little more expensive, it is definitely worth it. Another important step is to thoroughly wash your produce prior to cooking or eating it.
EWG also includes a list of the “Clean Fifteen” which is, as you might imagine, the 15 kinds of produce they found to have “few, if any” bacteria.
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