~ Help you health and your wallet by buying strategically.
North Americans health IQ is on the rise, and as a result we are getting increasingly aware that its not just the QUANTITY of food that affects our physical condition, but the QUALITY of our food also has a drastic affect on our hormones and our overall health.
So a basic rule is: Food that is closest to its natural form is the best for us, and processed food is chemically dense and bad for us. But let’s take that one step further… When selecting natural food sources such as fruits and vegetables, which ones are the most and least likely to be contaminated by pesticides?
We are looking for food sources that are packed with nutrition and rid of chemicals.
Now in an ideal world we would buy everything organic, but realistically that food can be pretty expensive and not all of us can afford it. But we can save money and avoid the chemicals by being savy shoppers. We need to be strategic on which items we buy at the normal grocery store and which items we should buy organic.
With that, I introduce you to the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15. The Dirty Dozen are items that you should buy organic whenever possible because they are the most pesticide-contaminated fruits and vegetables. The Clean 15 on the other hand are the least likely to contain pesticides and you can save money by buying them at your regular grocery store.
Remember it’s not only about the Quantity of food you eat…. Your health is also dependant on the QUALITY of food you eat.
2013 Clean 15 – Buy at your regular grocery store
- Frozen Sweet Peas
- Sweet Potatoes
2013 Dirty Dozen – Buy Organic
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Hot Peppers
Article by Miryah Scott with the Bodylogix team