These 12 Foods Are Considered To Be The “DIRTY DOZEN”
Guess what? Some of your favorites may be “dirty”… Here is a short list of some of the more common dirty foods:
Apples — since apples are commonly exposed to external threats (fungus, insects, etc.), they are often treated with pesticides and herbicides in order to keep them fresh.
Strawberries — strawberries are routinely swarmed by both insects and fungus alike. They are commonly sprayed with both pesticides and herbicides, which could linger on the berries long after they get to the market — and to your house.
Cherry Tomato — these tiny veggies have been shown to contain a lot of pesticide residue — which makes them a very dirty food product. Simple tip to avoid the pesticide: grow your own or look for a local organic farmer or organic section in your favorite grocery store.
Cucumbers — another favorite topper for salad (with cherry tomatoes). Cucumbers may have trace amounts of many different pesticides. Peeling the skin may remove most of the pesticides (but who remembers to peel the skin from cucumbers?) and may reduce your pesticide exposure.
Coffee Beans — although not something typically eaten, coffee beans may contain high amounts of pesticides and other chemicals. There are many varieties of coffee beans that are not grown in this country, which could leave the possibility of your favorite bean being exposed to pesticides or other harmful chemicals.
Cherries — as great as cherries are for your health, they routinely make the list of one of the dirtiest foods. When tested, cherries contain 42 different pesticides of which, 5 were known carcinogens and 20 were considered hormone disruptors.
Spinach — the USDA Pesticide Data Program found a whopping 54 different pesticide residues, 7 of which are considered carcinogens. Even though they may be washed and cut before you get them, it’s still a good idea to thorough wash your spinach treat with vinegar.
Celery — one of my favorite snacks to munch on is celery and peanut butter. That was until I discovered how may pesticides are found in celery. 64 different pesticide residues were found on celery, with 10 of them being carcinogens and 12 of them being known neurotoxins.
Sweet Bell Peppers — anothe popular salad topper, sweet bell peppers also rank pretty high on the list of pesticide-laden foods. After testing sweet bell peppers, they were found to contain up to 53 different pesticides with 3 of them being carcinogens and the rest a mix of hormone-disruptors and neurotoxins.
Potatoes — even though potatoes grow in the ground, doens’t mean they aren’t covered in chemicals or pesticides. Even though the numbers may be lower, 35 pesticides were detected on potatoes.
Peaches — yes, they grow on trees which puts them at risk for different bugs and worms from devouring them. This would explain why the residue of 62 different pesticides was found on the peaches.
Blueberries — I love a good blueberry, but that may change knowing just how many different pesticides may be present in these tiny berries. There have been 52 different pesticides detected on blueberries, which could post a significant risk to your health.
*** Also noted, most of the pesticides and toxins that wer found on these dirty foods also have a environmental impact attached to them. Most of these chemicals and pesticides may harm the honeybee populatiion.***
In order to reduce your exposure to many pesticides and chemicals, you should thoroughly wash all your fruits and vegetables. This may cut your exposure down significantly, however, not totally. Your best bet for reducing your exposure is to shop for more organic produce that may have less exposure to chemicals and pesticides. Foods like watermelon, cabbage, sweet potatoes, bananas, and Brussels sprouts (to name a few) may contain less chemical and pesticide residue, therefore making them better options.
For better health, take the necessary steps to reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals and pesticides by growing your own, or shopping organically.
Originally published at www.jaylabpro.com.