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Organic or not, you have got to wash your fruit&veg.

The main difference between the two is that organic produce contains less pesticides, and ideally non at all, while nonorganic has plenty. If not washed well, these toxins end up in your body where they run loose and can and do a lot of short- and long-term damage.

This is a list of the most pesticide ridden nonorganic fruit and veggies that EWG (Environmental Working Group) named ‘Dirty Dozen Plus’:

1. Strawberries
2. Apples
3. Spinach
4. Peaches
5. Nectarines
6. Celery
7. Cherry tomatoes
8. Cucumbers
9. Grapes
10. Potatoes
11. Sweet bell peppers
12. Hot peppers
13. Kale/collard greens
14. Summer squash

For a full and detailed list, check out http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php)

‘Clean Fifteen’ are those fruits and veggies that are safer to consume even though they are not grown organically:

1. Asparagus
2. Avocados
3. Cabbage
4. Cantaloupe
5. Sweet Corn
6. Eggplant
7. Grapefruit
8. Kiwi
9. Mushrooms
10. Onions
11. Papayas
12. Pineapples
13. Sweet peas – frozen
14. Sweet potatoe
15. Mangos

Here is a great recepie for a home solution to wash off pesticides that Dr. Mehmet Oz shared on his show. It should be used on all produce, especially the nonorganic ones. I call it ‘Toxic dust buster’.

Here is what you need to do:

1. Mix together the following ingredients:

– 1 cup water

– 1 cup apple cider vinegar

– 1 TB baking soda

– 1/2 lemon

2. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and spray your produce.

3. Let the solution sit on your fruits and veggies for about 5 minutes before rinsing it off.

Vinegar is anti-bacterial and lemon is a natural astringent.

Try to opt for organic, locally grown fruits and veggies as much as you can. Try home gardening or find pick-your-own (PYO) fruit and vegetable plantations or join an organic gardening community where you live.

It might cost a bit more or it might put your green fingers to the test, but in the end you will get what you are supposed to get from fruit and veggies – nutrients, and not toxins.

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