Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen Cheat Sheet
Posted Friday 1st June 2018 at 10:14am
You may have heard of the "Clean Fifteen" and the "Dirty Dozen". This list, updated annually, shows which fruits and vegetables contain the highest and least amounts of pesticide residues.
Wondering why this is important? View our recent blog post: "Why are we avoiding glyphosate?"
If you buy everything organic, then you're making a great choice for your health. We understand, however, that sometimes the budget doesn't allow for a 100% organic diet, so we're sharing this list with you so you can avoid the worst offenders.
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What is Organic?
Organic farming uses the earth's natural resources for sustainability. It emphasises appropriate land management and aims to ecologically achieve the balance between animal life, the natural environment and food crops. Organic farmers do not use pesticides, herbicides, genetically modified foods, growth promoters or hormones.
Recent reports and studies have shown an increase in food-related allergies, with many people now experiencing allergic reactions to peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, milk, eggs, soy, fish and shellfish. Food allergies involve our body's immune system, and because 70% of our immune system is found in the digestive tract, the foods that we eat and the chemicals they contain can have a significant impact on our health. When the digestive tract and immune system aren't functioning well we become vulnerable to a host of disorders, including allergies.