15 Foods That Have the Least Amount of Chemicals
1. Sweet Corn
6. Sweet peas
11. Kiwi Cantaloupe – domestic
14. Sweet potatoes
Note: Many of these foods we consider powerfoods. You can read their many health benefits by following the links above.
One way to remember the difference between the toxic and safe lists:
- The safe foods have thick rinds that you usually don’t eat. There are a few exceptions; for example, asparagus and mushrooms spring up so fast that the insects don’t have time to attack. Sweet potato has its own unique bug protection.
- The dangerous list can be generalized as the foods that have lots of surface area, such as leaves or skin, which we eat.
Is Organic Always Safe?
Some people are still a little cautious of the organic produce food found in large regular stores, which you can’t always verify.
I prefer to buy my food at the farmers’ market, where I know exactly where it is coming from. You get to know the farmers and their integrity. Also, I do tend to buy according to the Dirty Dozen and the 15 least contaminated produce types. (You can read more about farmers’ markets and find one close to you here: The Joy of Farmer’s Markets)
My Personal Strategy
The ‘Dirty Dozen’ is a list I take seriously, and I will not buy the produce on them unless they are organic. I have a history of poor health. If there is an occasion where I buy non-organic, I soak them in my favorite fruit and vegetable rinse that takes away some of the chemical. Nothing can remove all the chemicals, so if organic strawberries are not in my budget, then I really don’t eat strawberries.
If you do not care about putting chemicals into your body, then do it for the earth and for the poor workers that are getting sick from working with these toxic chemicals. For instance, methyl iodide (used in strawberries) is a serious health risk to the people who work in the strawberry fields and to the families who live nearby. They are getting sick from it. Fortunately, in the summer, I can grow my own strawberries and know a good farmer that grows organic ones.
Thank you to Randy Fritz. for helping me to put this important article together.