Are You Eating Clean Cuisine?
Do you ever wonder if you should be purchasing organic fruits and vegetables? According to a recent article in Sustainable Food News, over half of all Americans prefer organic foods for a variety of reasons from supporting local farmers to wanting to avoid toxins. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has published a couple of lists that helps consumers make educated choices. The dirty list of 12 fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residue is called “The Dirty Dozen” and the other list of 15 with the least amount of pesticide residue is called the “The Clean 15″.
- Sweet Bell Peppers
Always purchase organic fruits and vegetables from the above list to avoid potentially harmful chemicals. Not sure if it is organic or not? Look at the sticker, if the number on the sticker starts with a 9, it is organic. If it starts with a 4, it is conventionally grown.
The Clean 15
- Sweet peas
- Sweet potatoes
The Clean 15 are grown with the fewest pesticides according to FoodNews.org. While it is not necessary to purchase the organic version of the Clean 15, remember to throughly wash all fruits and vegetables before eating. Also, the only way to avoid Genetically Modified produce is to purchase organic.