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12 Foods You Must Eat Organic

15 Foods That Have the Least Amount of Chemicals

1.† Sweet Corn
2.† Onions
3.† Pineapples
4.† Avocado
5.† Cabbage
6.† Sweet peas
7.† Papaya
8.† Mangoes
9.††Asparagus
10.†Eggplant
11.† Kiwi † Cantaloupe – domestic
12.† Grapefruit
13.† Cantelope
14.†Sweet potatoes
15.† Mushrooms

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 donít 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.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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7:00AM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

Interesting; however, there were actually only ELEVEN (11) foods listed to buy organic--->nectarines were listed TWICE; numbers 6 and 8! (lol)

Thanks for sharing them though; have made note of them...

3:16AM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

Тhank you so much for this informative article, there are many aspects to it indeed.

1:21PM PDT on Apr 4, 2013

Monsanto is a dirty word. The almighty dollar is all that counts.They may destroy the planet to finance one more lavish home or vacation but as long as they have fun,what do billions of deaths mean? Their altered foods are eliminating the native unaltered foods. I grow as much of my own food as I can. When you can trust your legislators,you know you can't trust Monsanto.

1:20PM PDT on Apr 4, 2013

Monsanto is a dirty word. The almighty dollar is all that counts.They may destroy the planet to finance one more lavish home or vacation but as long as they have fun,what do billions of deaths mean? Their altered foods are eliminating the native unaltered foods. I grow as much of my own food as I can. When you can trust your legislators,you know you can't trust Monsanto.

12:45PM PST on Feb 21, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVrIyEu6h_E
Farmers Markets are a big help

11:17AM PST on Feb 13, 2013

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6:46AM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

If you can afford them.

9:48AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

Tammy: High-five to the manual labourers who toil in the fields, ingesting these noxious chemicals.
I'm glad I have a garden to grow my own bounty, without chemical pestisides and fungicides.

10:04AM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

why doesn't anyone ever list WORKERS' HEALTH as a reason to buy organic? People only seem interested in how to avoid putting pesticides into their own bodies, but don't even consider what health risks there are for the people who plant, care for and harvest all that produce. Manual labourers who usually work for low wages and no health care are at a much higher risk from these chemicals than the people who ingest the residue off washed produce.

I am all for organic, but why not emphasize the real dangers here? Because poor people don't count as much as rich people who can afford to buy everything organic?

9:08AM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Good to know I try to stay updated with my dirty dozen.

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