So what are “the dirty dozen”?
The produce that you should buy organic.
The foods on the “Dirty dozen” list have the highest level of pesticides that stick to the food, which means the more pesticides you, and your family, are ingesting.
So what are the dirty dozen for 2014?
Sweet bell peppers
Now, if you can’t find these as an organic choice, washing them does reduce (but not remove) the pesticides.
One of the methods I read about was pretty simple:
Bring ½ gallon of water with 2 tablespoons of vinegar to a boil then let it cool to room temperature and wash your produce in it once it’s cooled. This is supposed to remove some of the pesticide as well as some of the other junk they spray on produce to make it look clean and shiny.
What are the “clean 15” for 2014?
Sweet peas (frozen)
As if we didn’t have enough to worry about with pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and a dozen other things, now we have to be concerned with where it comes from, how far it travels, how much fuel is used to get it to your market… the list of worries go on and on and on!
This newest “worry” does tie in to eating seasonally, but even if you do that, there’s no guarantee that the produce you’re getting is from your region.
Look at the sticker on your strawberries. Is it local or imported from another country?
Sometimes the number of things we have to watch out for just makes you insane.
Bottom line: do your best! But, be aware of the little details.