Now that summer is almost here, the Victor crew thought it a good idea to revisit the Dirty Dozen guide for this year.
Topping the list this year is strawberries. This means they have more pesticides than any other produce and they should be purchased in organic form. In fact everything on the list should be purchased organic. In order the list is:
Sweet bell peppers
Strawberries are high on the list because of the dozens of pesticides used with some of them including chemicals linked to cancer and reproductive damage. Poisonous gases are also being used in the soil, including nerve gas. Spinach has moved to second place because of a pesticide banned in Europe.
The Clean 15 that you can eat without worrying about pesticides are as follows:
Sweet peas (frozen)
Some sweet corn, papayas, and summer squash are made from GMOs in the U.S.
Find out more from EWG.org (Environmental Working Group.)
EWG (Environmental Working Group) has rated over 80,000 foods with a food score. They rate foods on three criteria: Nutrition, Ingredients, Processing. The nutrition concerns of course are rated by how nutritious the food is. The ingredient concern looks at pesticides, additives, contaminants, and antibiotics. The processing of course points out that whole foods are more nutritious and helps point you to less processed options.
Let’s see how it works. I entered Del Monte Peaches. I found that the ones I usually purchase, No Sugar Added Sliced Peaches, rate a 6.0. The ratings are 1.0 to 10.0 with 1.0 being best. So with a score of 6.0, it looks like I’ll be looking for new peaches. No added sugar means they added sugar substiute – Sucralose.
This is just an aid to eat whole foods and keep on track. You can also download their food score app so you will have it when shopping.
Every year the new list comes out of the “dirty dozen” and “clean fifteen.” These are the foods that contain the most and least pesticides. What does that mean to you? You should buy organic produce on the “dirty dozen” list while the “clean fifteen” produce is ok to buy regularly and save money. The Victor crew wanted to pass the latest information on to you.
Top of the dirty dozen plus list once again are apples, followed by strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, imported nectarines, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas, potatoes, hot peppers and kale/collard greens.
The clean fifteen starts with avocados, followed by sweet corn, pineapple, cabbage, frozen sweet peas, onions, asparagus, mangoes, papaya, kiwi, eggplant, grapefruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower, sweet potatoes
Read more about it at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) website.
A new study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has found that some breakfast cereals by weight are 50% sugar. Only 12 children’s cereals contained a teaspoon or less (4 g). Many cereals will distract you by putting “Good source of fiber” or “Excellent source of vitamin D” on the package. Of the over 1550 cereals studied, a mere 47 cold cereals did not contain sugar. There were 155 hot cereals that contained no sugar. Instant oatmeal contains 75% more sugar than regular oatmeal.
A child eating cereal every morning would consume 10 pounds of sugar in a year just from cereal alone.
So what can you do? Read food labels. Look at EWG’s healthy breakfast tips.
EWG (Environmental Working Group) has put together a list of the 12 fruits and vegetables that have the most pesticides.
It can change from time to time so you need to check it once in a while.
They have another list, the “Clean 15”, which shows the fruits and vegetables with the least pesticides.
So what does all this mean? You don’t have to stop eating the “Dirty Dozen” but look for their organic alternatives that aren’t treated with harmful pesticides.
They also have a downloadable pdf to take to the grocery store with you.
~ Jody Victor