Worst foods for Pesticides, and the Safest:The Dirty Dozen

Is organic food really necessary for your kids?  What about when you’re pregnant?

Check out the Dirty Dozen list to see the worst foods for pesticide contents.

EWG’s 2012 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™.

You can also find the Clean 15 list, to see those foods which are generally safe.

As you might imagine, thin skinned foods like apples, celery, and leafy foods tend to have higher contents, and more types of pesticides found in them.  It’s scary when you think, there’s lots of baby food made from these foods.

Can’t afford Organic, or don’t want to waste your money on foods that usually don’t have pesticides anyway?  The safer foods are those you peel first, and are found on the Clean 15 list on the same web page.

There is a free app you can download for your smartphone, and you can get free updates if you give them your email address.

Ultimately, giving your kids fruits and vegetables in their diet,  even with trace pesticides is better than a diet of fried foods, foods with high fructose corn syrup, and other delicious but not so healthy things found in modern diets.

Do the pesticides actually hurt our kids?  “They” say they are safe, but we keep finding out more about things we thought wer safe.  So if you can avoid them, do.

And if you really want to have a little giggle, do like I do.  When the cashier at your local health food store asks “did you find everything ok?”, ask them if they have any Organic High Fructose Corn Syrup.

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