The Dirty Dozen, the Top 12 foods you should always buy Organic

If you don’t believe that the move to organic foods is gaining popularity, just take a look at the produce section of your local grocery store. Organic foods used to be tucked away in a little corner or given a single shelf in the store, but they now take pride of place alongside all the regular, chemically grown produce. While it’s not essential that every piece of food that you buy should be organic, there are some that you really buy organic each and every time. Food and nutrition experts have targeted 12 foods in particular that should always be bought organic. Listed below, you will find those foods and the reasons why you shouldn’t settle for second best when buying them.

The 12 foods that have been coined The Dirty Dozen

 Although that doesn’t mean that they arrive at the grocery store covered in filth. What the name actually refers to is the amount of pesticides that are used to grow these particular foods. Before we get to the list of the Dirty Dozen organic foods, we should point out that if you don’t have access to organic foods on the list, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should stop eating fruits and vegetables altogether. Fruit and vegetables are essential to a healthy diet, but so is limiting the amount of foods that fall in the Dirty Dozen list if you can’t find an organic variety.

The 12 foods that should always be bought organic are:

Apples, celery, sweet bell peppers, peaches strawberries, imported nectarines, grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, domestic blueberries, and potatoes. There was some very specific research done to determine which foods should be added to the list. All the information can be found in great detail by simply Googling ‘Dirty Dozen organic foods,” but the biggest factor used in determining these foods was the amount of pesticides that were used and present when the food was tested. As you can see, these are all foods that are commonly found in the average household, which then begs the question as to whether or not non-organic foods are safe to consume at all.

So does that mean you should avoid the dirty dozen altogether?

As mentioned earlier, you can still use the 12 foods listed if an organic version isn’t available, although it is recommended that you try to limit the amounts as much as possible whilst still being sure to maintain a healthy diet. The research also uncovered 15 foods that are fine to purchase and eat without them being organic. They are: onions, sweet corn, pineapples, avocado, cabbage, sweet peas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, kiwi, domestic cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, watermelon, and mushrooms.

Now that you are aware of the foods that should be bought organic, and which are fine when purchased non-organic, you can start altering the way in which you buy and use produce. Pick up the organic products when they are available and look at switching out with safer produce when they aren’t.

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Coach Eric Hollingsworth
P90X, PiYo Certified Fitness Coach

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