Missed the Point

I think they missed the point. A resent Reuters article has stated that organic produce is proving to be no more nutritious than conventional produce. Do you see the problem? That is not the point of organic produce. The claim is not this tomato has more nutritional benefits than that tomato. The organic produce movement came from a desire to reduce the amount of pesticides that enter our bodies via the food we eat.

I do not have the funds to buy as much organic produce as I would like. However, some foods become more contaminated than others. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a nonprofit organization composed of scientists, lawyers, engineers, policy experts, and computer programmers dedicated to consumer advocacy.

The mission of the EWG is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment.

Part of their public education is the document “The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce.” Based on hundreds of thousands of tests, the EWG ranked foods by their pesticide contamination. The food with the highest pesticide load? Peaches. In a list of 47 fruits and vegetables, the onion is the least contaminated. They have labeled the top 12 most contaminated foods as the “dirty dozen”

1. Peaches

2. Apples

3. Sweet bell pepper

4. Celery

5. Nectarines

6. Strawberries

7. Cherries

8. Kale

9. Lettuce

10. Grapes

11. Carrot

12. Pear

Use this list as a guide when you have to pick and choose what to buy organic. Also check out their iPhone application!

I left the fruit off my oats this morning and just had yogurt and almond butter. Very satisfying. After a late morning meeting, I was famished, so James went to Subsconscious for sandwiches. The avocado on mine was deliciously creamy.

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And of course, I could not resist an afternoon green monster. I made the same old combo, but added chocolate almond milk this time. Not the best.

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I have a 2 mile easy run planned for this evening. Best case scenario: The huge thunderstorms last until about 6:30, wash away the heat and humidity, and I have a beautiful, refreshing run outside!

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