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Non-Organic Foods That Are Dangerous to Your Health!

Updated on October 20, 2010
You need to know which fruits/veggies make up the "Dirty Dozen".
You need to know which fruits/veggies make up the "Dirty Dozen".

The Dangers of Eating 12 Foods that Are NOT Organic!

There are 12 common foods that most of us eat pretty regularly that are known to impart a high amount of pesticides per serving. In fact, 47-67 helpings of pesticides per serving. These fruits and vegetables include:

Celery

Peaches

Strawberries

Apples

Domestic blueberries

Nectarines

Sweet bell peppers

Spinach, kale and collard greens

Cherries

Potatoes

Imported grapes

Lettuce

The study was conducted by: The Environmental Working Group who analyzed 100,000+ government produce reports to determine the affect of pesticides on our food.

NOTE: The researchers state that by eating organic (when it comes to the 12 fruits and vegetables mentioned), you can eliminate about 80% of the pesticides.

Vinegar may be the answer when buying non-organic fruits/veggies.
Vinegar may be the answer when buying non-organic fruits/veggies.

An Alternative: Organic IS Expensive!

Organic food is expensive, so if you can't afford to purchase it, what is the option? 

Cooks Illustrated magazine conducted a test whereby they scrubbed fruits/veggies using an antibacterial product; just scrubbed them; washed them in water; or used a vinegar and water "wash" (three parts water: one part vinegar).

The result: Cooks Illustrated found that the vinegar "wash" worked best, removing 98% of bacteria, compared to less than 85% for scrubbing. 



Rinse them well AFTER they sit in vinegar and water for at least 10 minutes.
Rinse them well AFTER they sit in vinegar and water for at least 10 minutes.

Madam Aphrodite's™ Experiment...

I try to buy organic as much as possible, but sometimes it's just too expensive. For that reason, I decided to give the Cook's Illustrated study a try.

I put cherries into a bowl and covered them with a mixture of three parts water and one part vinegar. (I had rinsed them off beforehand). I let them sit for 10 minutes and then couldn't believe my eyes! The water was black!!! I rinsed them off in a colander and put them back in the container.

Moral of the Story: Never again will I eat one of the "Dirty Dozen" without first letting them sit in vinegar and water beforehand. What a lesson to learn!

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