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Start off to a Healthy New Year

2012 is gone and on with 2013. What are some of your New Year’s Resolutions. Is eating healthy and getting active one of your goals in the new year? I found an interesting article on what foods you should buy organic due to the higher pesticide use and what foods are okay to buy from the regular section. Cheers to a healthy new year!

EWG’s 2012 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

Eat your fruits and vegetables! The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. Use EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides to reduce your exposures as much as possible, but eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all. The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce will help you determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic. You can lower your pesticide intake substantially by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating the least contaminated produce.

This year we have expanded the Dirty Dozen with a Plus category to highlight two crops — green beans and leafy greens, meaning, kale and collard greens – that did not meet traditional Dirty Dozen criteria but were commonly contaminated with highly toxic organophosphate insecticides. These insecticides are toxic to the nervous system and have been largely removed from agriculture over the past decade. But they are not banned and still show up on some food crops.

Commodity crop corn used for animal feed and biofuels is almost all produced with genetically modified (GMO) seeds, as is some sweet corn sold for human consumption. Since GMO sweet corn is not labeled as such in US stores, EWG advises those who have concerns about GMOs to buy organic sweet corn.

Dirty Dozen Plus Clean 15
Buy these organic
Lowest in Pesticide
1AppleApples
1OnionsOnions
2 CeleryCelery
2Sweet CornSweet Corn
3Red PepperSweet bell peppers
3PineapplePineapples
4PeachesPeaches
4AvocadoAvocado
5StrawberriesStrawberries
5CabbageCabbage
6NectarinesNectarines– imported
6PeasSweet peas
7GrapesGrapes
7AsparagusAsparagus
8SpinachSpinach
8MangoMangoes
9LettuceLettuce
9EggplantEggplant
10CucumberCucumbers
10KiwiKiwi
11BlueberriesBlueberries– domestic
11CantelopeCantaloupe- domestic
12PotatoePotatoes
12Sweet PotatoesSweet potatoes
13Green BeansGreen beans
13GrapefruitGrapefruit
14KaleKale/Greens
14WatermelonWatermelon
15MushroomsMushrooms

For more information go to http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 at 4:53 pm and is filed under Company News, Firemaster Flash, News.

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