Avoiding the Dirty Dozen

Avoiding the Dirty Dozen

By now we’re all aware that organic produce is superior to conventionally grown produce, both in nutritional value as well as in their lack of residual pesticides. And, if it’s organic, it can’t be GMO. But can everyone afford to buy all organic produce? Probably not. So how do you maximize your shopping dollars? By avoiding the Dirty Dozen and making friends with the Clean 15!

The Dirty Dozen are fruits and veggies that should never be purchased conventionally grown as they have the highest known levels of pesticides and herbicides even after washing.

Who are they, you ask? The Dirty Dozen is strawberries, apples, nectarines, peaches, celery, grapes, cherries, spinach, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers. Do yourself a favor and buy these organic or at your local farmer’s market. Small farmers who aren’t certified organic growers usually use very few pesticides.

What Should I Buy?

Likewise, there is a group of fruits and veggies that are typically OK to buy from conventional aisles. Let’s call these guys the Clean 15! They usually don’t have a lot of pesticides, but still, make sure to wash them thoroughly before using.

These are avocados, yams, pineapple, cabbage, sweet peas (frozen), onions, asparagus, mangoes, papayas, kiwi, eggplant, honeydew melon, grapefruit, cantaloupe, and cauliflower.

By utilizing smart strategies like these, plus shopping for seasonally available produce, checking the weekly sales, and visiting your local farmer’s market, you can eat healthier while still maintaining a healthy shopping budget.

What makes Dr. Charlene Thorburn so different from other Chiropractors? In addition to her Chiropractic degree, she is also a Registered Nurse (RN). Dr. Thorburn is also a nutritional professional with over 30 years of research and knowledge in the areas of nutrition and the healing quality of natural supplements. This gives her a well-rounded medical perspective and a unique ability to diagnose, treat, and get great results for her patients.

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