We continue with the “the top twelve foods to eat organic.” Here are foods 7-12 from Part 1:
#12 Leafy Greens
#6 Bell Peppers
If you want your daily dose of neurotoxin, non-organic bell peppers are the way to go. The FDA found 64% of samples containing at least one pesticide.
300 pounds of pesticides are used per acre of strawberries. They are one of the most sprayed crops, and have been in the news in past years due to this fact. Most of these chemicals are endocrine disruptors, which means that your whole hormonal system gets thrown “out of whack”. And what do hormones do? They are the messengers of your entire body … pretty important.
To understand why animal products are the most toxic, we must briefly discuss bioaccumulation. Bioaccumulation refers to the progressive increase of toxins in an organism as we move up the food chain. For example, sardines, a small fish, contain substantially less mercury than tuna, a large fish. A tuna fish must eat many small fish over its life time, thus accumulating more toxins.
Bioaccumulation is one of many factors to consider when buying animal products. Other factors that are important to consider if meat is part of one’s diet are:
- The use of hormones
- The use of antibiotics
- Living conditions
- The animal’s feed
#2 Milk and Butter
Pesticides are fat-soluble, and are thus found in the fatty part of foods. Milk and butter (if you choose to consume dairy) are both high in fat, and therefore high in toxins if non-organic.
“We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”
— David Brower
# 1 Baby Food
Infants and children are the most vulnerable people when exposed to pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, hormones, and antibiotics, all chemicals found in our food supply. Babies have one job, and that is TO GROW. They need the best and cleanest building blocks available in order to reach their full potential. They are our future!
There you have it … the “dirty dozen.” Make it the “clean dozen” in 2010.
Have a happy and healthy new year!
A Useful Resource: Go to www.seachoice.org for a downloadable wallet size guide on choosing sustainable seafood.