Watch out for the Dirty Dozen

Watch out for the Dirty Dozen
It’s spring and that means it’s berry time! But wait. Have you ever just grabbed a container of strawberries or some apples from the produce section of your favorite grocery store because they look so beautiful and tasty? Did you know they might not be as healthy as you think? Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) comes out with a list of the top 12 types of produce that they have found to have the most pesticides on them. As it is many years, strawberries top the list. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some juicy berries on your ice cream or pancakes, well that’s another article with the dairy and white carb topic. You just need to make sure you buy these dirty dozen items from a farmer that uses organic practices when growing your produce or from your local co-op / grocery store. You will actually taste the difference. Organically grown produce has so much more flavor. Yes, you may find a little worm or some other creature in them once in a while, but that is ok. It means they aren’t doused with toxic chemicals that are damaging the soil, environment and putting unwanted toxins in your body. EWG also includes a list of the top 15 fruits and vegetables that are the cleanest. So if you are on a budget and can’t afford to buy everything organic, these are a few things you can get away with buying from conventional farmers. For a pocket size version of both lists go to: https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/ To hear more about eating healthy and creating a life you love, find me on my website or send me an email: Michelle Jolly Healthy Horizons Coaching LLC [email protected] http://healthyhorizonsllc.com