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I’m Eliminating The Dirty Dozen In My Diet

June 2nd, 2016 by Audrey Weidman

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The Dirty Dozen

We all know how important it is to get more fruits and veggies in our diet.   But do you know about the Dirty Dozen?  The Dirty Dozen is a list of foods developed by the Environmental Working Group that identifies which foods have the highest residual pesticide load.   Since I found out about this, I have been eliminating the dirty dozen from my family’s diet.

Unfortunately, most of the fruits I enjoy and many veggies that I thought were oh-so-good-for-me are on the dirty dozen list.

Strawberries have the highest amount of pesticides with an average of 5.75 number of pesticides per sample.  The average acre of conventionally grown strawberries is covered with 300 pounds of pesticides.  This is 1,100 percent more than the average food crop!  Right now the grocery stores near me are running specials of $.99/quart of strawberries,  but I won’t be buying them.  I bought the $3.99 organic ones instead.  Afterall, pesticides are designed to kill.  You and I don’t need that in our system.

And some of the most nutritionally dense veggies including KALE and SPINACH were on the list.  I’m eliminating the dirty dozen in my diet.

The Solution

Spend the extra money on organic or grow them yourself.  Since I have a shady lot and not a lot of room, I will be buying my favorite fruits and veggies that are organic.  I visit the farmer’s market and buy from farmers that grow organic produce.  But best of all, I am growing a number of the veggies that are part of the Dirty Dozen.  I’m replacing flowers I would have bought with veggies instead.

I’ve always planted tomatoes – in the sunniest part of my yard – but this year I added a few more things from the dirty dozen list (spinach, kale, red bell peppers) and planted them in creative places in my garden.  Check it out…

 

Summer is an easy time to get your fruits and veggies in your diet.  But other times of the year, it can be a lot more difficult.  Besides eliminating the dirty dozen from my diet,  and to ensure I’m getting the highest quality, pure vitamins and minerals year-round, I also take USANA supplements that are personalized to my health needs.  I successfully reduced my cholesterol and lowered by blood pressure using these supplements.

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Dirty Dozen List/More Resources

Download the list of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen (the fruits and veggies with the least numbers of pesticides) so that you can know how to shop wisely and begin eliminating the dirty dozen from your diet.

DOWNLOAD THE LIST HERE:  Dirty Dozen-Clean Fifteen.pdf.

Learn about strawberries and how they are  grown organically click here.

To learn about the amounts of pesticides used in conventional farming click here.

Now It’s Up To You

What are you planting in your garden?  Can you eliminate some flowers and replace them with leafy greens instead?  Have I inspired you to give this a try?  Let me know and leave a comment below and be sure to share this post with a friend.

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