Monday, November 19, 2012

Must have lists when grocery shopping...

Whether you are doing all the cooking for your family's Thanksgiving or just taking a side dish, here are a few food choice tips to remember so you can make your holidays healthier...

2012 Dirty Dozen List: Foods to Buy Organic

These foods are better to buy organic because they are the fruits and vegetables are the most pesticide contaminated.

1. apples
2. celery
3. sweet bell peppers
4. peaches
5. strawberries
6. nectarines (imported)
7. grapes
8. spinach
9. lettuce
10. cucumbers
11. blueberries (domestic)
12. potatoes
**This year the EWG also mentioned green beans and leafy greens (such as kale) as additional foods that contain enough pesticide residue to warrant concern.

2012 Clean 15 List: Foods Okay to Buy Non-Organic

These fruits and veggies are ok to buy non-organic because they were found to have lower pesticide residue.

1. onions
2. sweet corn
3. pineapples
4. avocado
5. cabbage
6. sweet peas
7. asparagus
8. mangoes
9. eggplant
10. kiwi
11. cantaloupe (domestic)
12. sweet potatoes
13. grapefruit
14. watermelon
15. mushrooms

You can visit EWG (Environmental Working Group) website where they have all kinds of information about the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 and even an app you can download onto your phone so you will always have these lists with you when shopping!

Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!!

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