Dirty dozen…A place to start.

Have your heard of the ‘dirty dozen list’? Well..there are many!

I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Walter Crinnon speak today, an expert in the world of toxicology and ‘detoxing’.

I have heard questions like “Why buy organic?”, “Is it just a scam?”. There are important reasons as to why we should buy certain organic foods, others it makes less of a difference. This has to do with the way the produce absorbs toxins from the environment and how they will then be transferred into your body.

The list of the “dirty dozen” that are best to buy organic include:

  • Apples, Celery, Sweet bell peppers, Peaches, Strawberries, Nectarines, Grapes, Spinach, Lettuce, Cucumbers, Blueberries, and Potatoes.

The “clean fifteen” that are less likely to cause symptoms if they are not organic include:

  • Onions, Sweet corn, Pineapples, Avocado, Cabbage, Sweet peas, Asparagus, Mangoes, Eggplant, Kiwi, Cantaloupe, Sweet potatoes, Grapefruit, Watermelon, Mushrooms.

Still not convinced? Check out these resources for a detailed explanation on why you might care.

Check out:

  • EWG.org
  • davidsuzuki.org

These are also great resources for all those other dirty dozen lists (e.g., what to watch out for when buying cleaning products, or make-up).


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