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15 Non-Organic "Clean" Foods That Are Safe to Eat!
15 Non-Organic Foods that Don't Threaten Your Health
Recently, I wrote about the "Dirty Dozen" or 12, non-organic fruits and vegetables, which actually impart 47-67 servings of pesticides along with the fruit and/or vegetable you may be eating. These 12 include: Celery, Peaches, Strawberries, Apples, Domestic blueberries, Nectarines, Sweet bell peppers, Spinach, kale and collard greens, Cherries, Potatoes, Imported grapes, Lettuce.
The reason these foods are so vulnerable to pesticides is because they have "soft" skins that tend to absorb more pesticides than their tough-skinned counterparts. The study was done by the Environmental Working Group.
The good news is that the study also found 15 non-organic foods, that are practically free from pesticides, that can be eaten safely. The researchers called these:
"The Clean 15": Onions, Avocados, Sweet corn, Pineapples, Mango, Sweet peas, Asparagus, Kiwi fruit, Cabbage, Eggplant, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Grapefruit, Sweet potatoes, Sweet onions.
Buy Organic When Possible...
The study stated that you should buy organic when buying the "Dirty Dozen", to save yourself from about 80% of the pesticides that inhabit their non-organic counterparts.
Now you're aware of 15 other "clean" fruits and vegetables that you can buy without worrying about pesticides. In fact, after reading this study, you realize that there's no need to spend the extra money to buy the organic varieties of these foods. They are virtually clean from pesticides.
Madam Aphrodite™ Speaks...
Organic foods are expensive, so it's best to know which ones are a necessity and which ones aren't. And when I can't buy organic, I know to soak my fruits and vegetables in three parts water and one part vinegar for 10-15 minutes before eating. (Rinse thoroughly after soaking.)
The "Clean 15" are good to know about... and will save you money to boot!