THE DIRTY DOZEN

The following items are considered the most toxic items to purchase. Non-organic foods usually cost less money. But there are other costs — hidden costs — that have to be considered too. These include abstract factors like the cost of demanding more from the earth than it can produce and the long-term health costs associated with ingesting chemicals. Also included are tangible variables, like the government subsidization of industrial agriculture and our relative comfort (or discomfort) with foreign investment in commercial Canadian agriculture.

There are also ways to offset the increased out-of-pocket expenses incurred by prioritizing organic foods.

Which is where the dirty dozen and the clean 15 come into play. The list is a resource to help you make the best choices for your health and for the earth, whatever your current budget or state of greenness.

Apples, Celery, Sweet bell peppers, Peaches, Strawberries, Nectarines, Grapes, Spinach, Lettuce, Cucumbers, Blueberries, Potatoes.

The Clean 15

The Clean 15 (in order of least contamination) Onions Sweet Corn Pineapples Avocado Cabbage Sweet peas Asparagus Mangoes Eggplant Kiwi Cantaloupe Sweet potatoes Grapefruit Watermelon... read more

Celery

Celery is a good source of vitamin C, fiber and some B vitamins. It is also very high in potassium, which may help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. But be careful when you buy celery at your grocery store! Conventional celery often... read more

Grapes

Grapes are a yummy treat that offer a variety of vitamin and mineral health benefits. They are a great source of calcium, iron and manganese that are essential for the production of healthy tissues. But did you know that conventional grapes often contain traces of... read more

Nectarines

A medium sized nectarine has only 60 calories and is full of healthy vitamins and minerals. Nectarines also contain Lutein, a nutrient that your body uses to support healthy eyes and skin. Remember to avoid imported nectarines whenever possible because they can... read more

Peaches

Peaches are full of antioxidants and they are a great source of fiber. These furry fruits may be tasty, but conventional peaches can contain 62 chemicals that are carcinogens, suspected hormone disruptors, neurotoxins and developmental or reproductive toxins! That’s... read more

Potatoes

Potatoes are a great source of fiber and potassium and they are a naturally great source of energy. Alas, conventional potatoes often contain neurotoxin chemicals that can cause mental and emotional changes, vision loss and weakness or numbness in arms and legs. Can’t... read more

Spinach

Low in calories and high in vitamins, spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in existence. One cup of the leafy green vegetable contains far more than your daily requirements of vitamin K and vitamin A. Sadly, this superfood also tests positive for a whopping... read more

Strawberries

Strawberries have been linked to increased heart health and lower levels of bad cholesterol. And who doesn’t love a sweet strawberry in a refreshing dessert or in a summer salad? Before you toss strawberries into your next dish, be sure that they are organic.... read more

Sweet Bell Peppers

Red, green, yellow and purple bell peppers not only add color to your plate, but also potent nutritional benefits. One cup of pepper contains almost 100 percent of the daily requirements for Vitamin A and 300 percent of the daily requirements for vitamin C. According... read more

The Dirty Dozen – APPLES

An apple a day is a great way to keep the doctor away. That’s because apples are a great source of fiber, and they help keep your digestive tract in tiptop shape. Apples can help improve cardiovascular function and lower bad cholesterol. Sadly, these sweet treats were... read more