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Pocket shoppers guide to the “dirty fifteen”

Posted on December 05, 2014

We love to spread the knowledge about healthy eating and living, so we have to share this little gem from the Environmental Working Group, a fantastic organization that helps educate us about ways to minimize the exposure that we’re all subjected to. Did you know that over 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants are found in newborn babies cord blood? This is unfortunately not new news. A study conducted buy the EWG (for more details read here) in July 2005 revealed that out of the 287 found in cord blood of infants, “180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests. The dangers of pre- or post-natal exposure to this complex mixture of carcinogens, developmental toxins and neurotoxins have never been studied.”

The reality of the world that we live in is that we are all exposed to some degree or another. The best way to protect our health is to minimize exposure as we can. One of the simplest and fortunately most delicious ways is to eat healthier and higher quality organic produce. Some people object to eating organic because of the cost, to this I ask you what is your health worth? Why pay for it later in your wellbeing, both mentally and physically? Trust me, avoidance only works for so long before your body cannot handle the overload we subject it to with unhealthy habits and that is where disease manifests.

Not sure where to start? That’s were this great guide comes in handy. Print it out, cut it out and put in your purse, wallet, reusable shopping bags, or hang it on your fridge. This pocket sized guide is a easy reference to know which fruits are best to stick to organic and which ones are ok to eat conventional when you can’t find an organic option.

Start the holiday season off right, treat yourself and family to some good healthy food that not only makes you feel and look better, but also helps limit the toxic exposure to our environment and future generations.

Eat good food and drive carefully,


2014 Shopper Guide to Pesticides in Produce