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The Dirty Dozen

Debates over organic supremacy reign strong among nutritionists and health care professionals. I, for one, approve the organic lifestyle – let’s just pretend that organic produce really isn’t healthier. Could the placebo effect be present here? If I THINK it’s healthier, is it?

Whether or not you make the buy-in, there is definite agreement that 12 fruits and veggies are best purchased organically because their skins are so think, pesticides and fertilizers seep into the flesh inside. Here’s the list:

ApplesFruits Organic
Celery
Cherries
Grapes (imported)
Lettuce
Peaches
Nectarines
Pears
Potatoes
Spinach
Strawberries
Sweet bell peppers

Reduce the Risk:
Wash and scrub all fresh vegetables and fruits under running water. Using a veggie wash is not more effective than running water.
Peel fruits and veggies when possible – especially those peels you usually don’t eat.
Toss out outer leaves of green leafy plants.

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