Good day Joyous Readers!
Great news! The Environmental Working Group has just updated the dirty dozen and clean 15 list for 2013.
What is the dirty dozen?
It's a list of the 12 (plus 2 more) fruits and vegetables that have the highest levels of detected pesticides after being washed. There are changes to take note of including:
3 changes to the Dirty Dozen - these have been added:
Summer squash ie. zucchini
Which means 3 have been removed: lettuce, blueberries, green beans.
What is the Clean 15?
It's a list of fruits and vegetables with the lowest pesticides detected.
There has been 1 change to this list: Watermelon has been removed and replaced with papaya.
Here is the updated list which you can download: [downloadlink file="2013/04/JoyousHealth_ShopClean_2013-download.pdf"] The 2013 DIRTY DOZEN AND CLEAN FIFTEEN SHOPPING GUIDE"[/downloadlink]. Print it off and take it shopping with you!
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Here is a video from Dr. Alex Lu, Harvard talking about exposure to pesticides in produce.
Hopefully you are already filling your grocery cart with delicious and nutritious foods, including most of them organically farmed.
Organic is not only better for us, but it's better for the planet and future generations. So while there is a list of "clean 15" foods, I still encourage you to buy organic as often as possible. Even better when you can get local and organic. Get to know the foods that are local to the area you live and when they are in season, buy them in bulk! For example, buy extra blueberries and freeze them so you can enjoy them well after the harvest is over. Farmers Markets are an eye-opening experience and you can talk to the farmers first-hand and get to know them, ask questions and really know what you are eating.
Farmers Market season is upon us, so here are some tips to make your shopping experience as joyous and budget-friendly as possible http://www.joyoushealth.ca/2012/06/25/10-farmers-market-shopping-tips/
Have a joyous day!