The Dirty Dozen

Oohhh, I love titles that sound a little saucy!

This post is about as unsaucy as you can get. Sorry.

It is quite useful though.

For folks who want to eat more organic foods, but aren’t sure which ones are worth spending your money on, here is a list of foods, known as the Dirty Dozen which are the foods exposed to the most pesticides.

If you only buy these fruits and veg in organic, you’ll be doing yourself a bit of a favour – it is estimated that you’ll reduce your pesticide exposure by almost 80% if you do

The Dirty Dozen:

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Peppers
  4. Peaches
  5. Strawberries
  6. Nectarines
  7. Grapes
  8. Spinach
  9. Lettuce
  10. Cucumber
  11. Blueberries
  12. Potatoes

SPECIAL extras to the list: Kale and green beans

I know that this list seems long, and contains so many favourite foods. If getting these foods organic seems harsh and impossible to do, then I’d say you have two options:

1. Wash them as best you can (this post here tells you how)

2. Try to buy the foods on the list when they are in season. If they have been grown in season they are going to be better for you overall compared to the same thing which has either been in storage for a while, or has been grown in a far away country and which took 2 weeks to arrive at your shop.

That said, even if you can’t manage all of them, try not to worry about it.

Yes, pesticides are bad and in a perfect world we’d all be eating veg fresh from our allotment every day, but the simple fact is that stress is really bad for you too (oh dear).

So, if you can’t do something, you absolutely have to not give a hoot about it, otherwise you’ll just make it worse by worrying!

If this makes it seem like you just can’t win, don’t worry, otherwise you’ll be worrying about not worrying, and that’ll really do your head in.

My philosophy when it comes to nutrition is to do the very best you can to eat as well as you can, most of the time all while enjoying your food as much as possible.

Sounds easy, but it can take a lot of practice. If you need some guidance in getting it right for you, I’m here.

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