We’ve all heard of the Dirty Dozen. No, I’m not referring to some cops & robbers show. I’m talking produce–fruits and veggies, specifically the kind we buy at the grocery store. You know, the stuff we buy with the intention of feeding our family healthy meals? Unfortunately, some of this produce we buy isn’t as healthy as we think. Apples top the list as the most pesticide-laden produce of them all (so much for an “apple a day”) while other notables include: celery, peaches, bell peppers–
Bell peppers? No wonder mine are so small compare to those beauties I pick up at the grocery store! Packed with chemically engineered fertilizers, those green goddesses are as synthetically enhanced as the puffed up muscles of a steroid-ingesting body builder. I mean, we all want to look good–our garden veggies included–but at what cost? Are we really okay with subjecting our bodies to poison?
Not me. This is simply one more reason to grow my own produce (as if I needed another!). To continue, the list includes other lovelies such as strawberries, blueberries, grapes, spinach and lettuce. For the complete list, check the website for Environmental Working Group. These folks will give you an updated run down on what’s bad for you, but also what’s good. A few of the winners for sale at your local grocer include onions, sweet corn, pineapples, avocados (love these!), cabbage, sweet peas and more.
However, I’d like to include one caveat regarding corn. With so many hybrids and scientifically altered varieties out there, I’m steering my family clear of corn purchased from the market. For all its health benefits (vitamins, anti-oxidants, cancer-prevention, etc.), it’s also one of the most genetically modified veggies. Not good. While I understand the reasons for this process, I don’t care. If I’m going to eat healthy, I want to ingest pure, wholesome fruits and veggies which is why in my garden you’ll only find heirloom varieties of corn. And of course, it’s 100 % organic.
So next time you’re meandering the beautiful colors in your produce section, think twice before plucking that gorgeous pepper from your market shelf and consider growing it yourself. It’s not as hard as you might think and the rewards for you and your family? Priceless.
But if you must buy your produce, choose organic when it comes to the list of worst offenders. Your body will thank you.