The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen 2015

Hello, dear readers! How are you? I have been seriously missing creating posts for you guys! But we've been insanely busy. Doing what? Buying a house! Yup. We did it! I am beyond excited and VERY tired from the emotional ups and downs. What a roller coaster ride. Ultimately, we found a wonderful little cabin on the side of a mountain with 17 acres. I can't wait to get in there and make it our own! I will be posting some photos at a later date. But for now, I wanted to share with you a very important infographic, created by fellow food blogger, the talented Garrick Dee Tan of Juicing with G!

Last year I published a Dirty Dozen Clean Fifteen article. But you need to check the list each year because things can change! A few years ago, white potatoes were not even on the list. Now, they are one of the most toxic! It is very important to know where your food comes from and even more importantly… what's in it? Based on an article published by the Pesticide Action Network, approximately 1.5 million people were diagnosed with cancer in 2009. In fact one in five Americans are expected to die from cancer. One of the biggest reasons is PESTICIDES.

Did you know that in 2007, over 5 billion pounds of pesticides was used in the United States alone? These figures have surely increased since then. Children, with their still developing bodies and immune system, are the most vulnerable to these toxins. For adults, the effects can be felt long term because pesticides can accumulate in the body in the process known as bioaccumulation and can lead to diseases like leukemia, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, brain, breast or prostate cancer. One way of minimizing pesticide exposure at least from the food we eat to know which ones are have the most pesticide residue and which ones have the least. The Environmental Working Group helps us with their annual report called The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen, which ranks the least and most pesticide residues found on and in fruits and vegetables.

What you’ll see below is Garrick's infographic version of this list that shows not only the dirtiest and cleanest produce but also three additional foods you should be buying organic, namely kale, collard greens and peppers. It also reveals fives places outside the grocery store where you can buy organic produce on the cheap so make sure to scroll all the way down! Thanks for sharing, Garrick!

Dirty Dozen Infographic

Besides all of the work of getting my first book published and buying our new home, now I am off to Baltimore for four days to see a dental specialist so my mouth can be totally happy again… periodontal issues that have not been resolving are soon to be GONE. So I'll be taking advantage of the "time off" with my honey. See you when I return!

Healthy trails,

Previous Post Next Post