We all know we should be eating more fresh fruits and vegetables. There are so many studies out there talking about how eating more of these whole foods will help prevent diseases and even help reverse some chronic diseases you already have.
But, on the other hand, there are all those reports that you shouldn’t eat produce because it has so many chemicals etc. and those can interfere with the health of your body.
So how do you know what to pay attention to and what to ignore?
Well, conventional produce can have thousands of chemicals on them that are from the way it’s grown in order to prevent bugs and pests getting to it before you!
These chemicals can actually cause weight gain and interfere with the hormones in your body. Plus, there are no studies that have been done to prove that the majority of these are actually safe for humans to eat.
So, its important to eat organic produce most of the time. How do you know which produce you should always buy organic due to high chemical contamination and which ones are on the cleaner side and are okay if you can’t always afford organic produce.
The Dirty Dozen
Celery, Peaches, Strawberries, Apples, Blueberries, Nectarines, Bell Peppers, Spinach, Kale, Cherries, Tomato, and imported Grapes
The Clean 15
Onion, Avocado, Sweet Corn, Pineapple, Mangos, Sweet Peas, Asparagus, Sweet Potatoes, Kiwi, Cabbage, Egg Plant, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Grapefruit, and Honeydew
Hope these lists help a little of the confusion with which ones you should pay a little more attention to buying organic and which ones are okay conventional.
One more thing: How can you make sure the produce you are buying is in the right section of the produce? What if a conventional orange gets places in the organic section?
Look at the PLU (price look up code) that is on the sticker of the fruit. If it has a 4 digit number (example: 4011) it is conventional. If it has a 9 in the front of that 4 digit number (example: 94011) it is organic. If it has a 8 in the front of that 4 digit number (example: 84011) it is genetically modified.
The key with all this information is to get healthy by eating real food!
Actually do the majority of your shopping in the produce section. This means the majority (75-95%) of your meals should consist of fruit, vegetables, nuts, and seeds! How does your current way of eating stack up?
Leave a comment below and answer the question of the day: What is your biggest road block to eating more fresh whole foods and shopping more in the produce section?
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