The “Dirty Dozen” Fruit and Vegetable List; The “Clean Fifteen”; “Baby” Carrots…

Things here are the same. No changes yet, that’s why I am not writing about it. However, there are other things I want to tell you about that have to do with health.  Here they go:

Holistic Nutrition: the “dirty dozen” fruit and vegetable list

Were you aware that non-organic fruits such as peaches, strawberries and imported grapes are some of the most contaminated produce you can buy?

After analyzing over 85,000 government tests, the Environmental Working Group dubbed twelve fruits and vegetables the “dirty dozen.” So named because they’re the most likely to contain pesticide residue, some of the “dirty dozen” can have dozens of different pesticides on them at once.

Of course, organic is your best option when buying produce. But, when you can’t go organic, take note of what you’re putting into your cart to make sure you’re not getting more than you bargained for!

Here is the complete list of “dirty dozen” items that I recommend you purchase only if they’re grown organically:

Bell peppers
Imported grapes

In addition to naming the Dirty Dozen, the Environmental Working Group identified the “Clean Fifteen”. These are the fruits and vegetables that contain the least amount of pesticides even when they’re not specifically organic. They are:

Sweet corn
Sweet peas
Sweet potatoes

Holistic Nutrition: How eating baby carrots can destroy your diet

If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking, “Oh, come on! Carrots have got to be one of the healthiest foods around!

Please be warned:   It’s not about the food, it’s what we’ve DONE to the food!

This is the case with baby carrots. Carrots ARE one the best foods you can eat, but here’s a really important question for you…. Do you know where “baby carrots” come from?  They sure don’t come out of the ground looking the way they do when you get them in the neat little zipper-locked baggies you find in the grocery store.

What happens is that during the harvesting, a number of the full-sized carrots that get pulled from the ground break in the process, or they may be deformed, or “runts” (not big enough).  The producers know that they can’t sell you a bag full of half broken vegetables, or ones that look deformed or too stubby. Instead of wasting these, they simply find a way to “pretty them up” and sell them to you differently.

Hence, the birth of the baby carrot. These broken or deformed carrots get shaved down to the cute little pieces we’re used to snacking on. Did you ever wonder why they look so perfect? They didn’t grow that way. Unfortunately, because we’re now dealing with massive industrialized food production, harmful bacteria can enter the scene. In order to “protect” us from this potentially pathogenic bacteria, the food manufacturers will soak these little guys in bleach.

Yes you read that correctly: They soak the baby carrots in bleach!

The reasons this can lead to sabotaging your health are many. First, bleach is not something that is natural to the body. The body views it as toxic waste that needs to be immediately detoxified from your system.  But here’s where it gets worse: If your body can’t detox all the chemicals you’re ingesting, it feels the need to protect your vital organs from them. To create this protection, it will take the chemicals and stuff them into your fat cells!

So – when you go to the store, reach for the bag of full sized, organic carrots. All you need to do is scrub them off and chop them up! You’ll find that they taste better and are usually sweeter than their bleach-soaked “baby” relatives.


About martisima

After over 50 years of teaching literature to undergraduate and graduate students, I feel I have earned my retirement (it happened when I was 72, five years ago). I do miss the classroom, however, but not the meetings and all other requirements of the profession. I love teaching, and wish I could still do it. But now I read for pleasure, and watch films, and listen to all kinds of music (no TV, though). I love to travel, and hope I can resume doing it soon. I need to get over my health issues caused by thyroid surgery three years ago!
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5 Responses to The “Dirty Dozen” Fruit and Vegetable List; The “Clean Fifteen”; “Baby” Carrots…

  1. Valerie says:

    Interesting – I always assumed that food with skin that you peel (like bananas) were safer, but I see that there are some foods on the safe list that don’t have skins, like broccoli, tomatoes and corn. Thanks!

  2. martisima says:

    It’s hard to tell, that’s why I sent this. I also had wrong assumptions. Keep the list handy, and pass it along!

  3. martisima says:

    P.S. I had also read that you have to wash the skin of cantaloupes very thoroughly before peeling them. This also applies to other fruits with skin. Always wash it, just to be on the safe side.

  4. Esther says:

    Thank you, Martha – this is very important information to have!

  5. martisima says:

    As it is, we have enough pesticides we don’t know about, so it’s good to know about these.

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