Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Dirty_DozenI’ve been asked recently if I would blog on the apps I use, the food I eat, shopping tips, etc. I have not yet mastered the art of blogging so please bear with me as I go through the learning process.

I have several apps on my phone and one of the categories is NUTRITION. Under this category I have apps that range from seeking out restaurants (including a separate app for dining gluten free), recipes, farmers markets, shopping GMO free, as well as tracking chemicals found in food. Today I’ll start with one of my favorites that I refer to from time to time and that’s the Dirty Dozen app from EWG (Environmental Working Group).  I say “from time to time” because as you get used to the list you will find that you refer to it less and less. However, the list is updated each year so I do find myself checking it periodically just to stay on top of things.

It’s important to decrease the amount of toxins that we are exposed to and the EWG app helps you to weed through the fruits and veggies for the best possible options.
The EWG app provides information on the Dirty Dozen fruits and vegetables that have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic. The Clean 15 lists conventionally grown fruits and vegetables that pesticide residues are rarely found. This app helps you to maintain a budget while avoiding the most pesticide laden fruits and vegetables.  A simple rule to help you remember is that most fruits and vegetables that are not peeled (e.g. strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, etc.) I tend to buy organic. If I am going to peel the fruit or veggie (e.g. avocado, oranges, etc.) I will buy conventional if I don’t have an option or my budget is tight. If I plan to juice the fruits/veggies then I most certainly will buy organic.

I hope that you find this helpful. I  would enjoy hearing your feedback and suggestions for topics.

In Good Health,

Barb