Hi Healthy Living Junkies!  This year,  eat healthier by buying more organic fruits and vegetables.  Here is why you should eat organic Foods.  Traditional fruits and vegetables are filled with pesticides and other harmful toxins, eliminating many health benefits from eating the fruits and vegetables in the first place. These toxins effect many parts of our bodies, including the nervous system.

 

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The Pesticide Action Network confirms, “90 percent of lettuce tests positive for 47 different pesticides and 57 different chemical residues.” Contrary to popular myth, you can’t just wash off the pesticides. It is within the fruit and vegetable, so you can’t wash it off, soak it, or do anything to remove the toxins.  Hard to believe it, right? Try this experiment out for yourself. Grab some food coloring or color dye and put it in a cup. Put the cut end of a vegetable in the cup. Pretty crazy, right? Fruits and vegetables grown with pesticides not only are coated with the toxins, but it also soaks it up. Root vegetables and fruits and vegetable with thin skin or are delicate are particularly vulnerable to high toxicity levels.

 

Dirty Dozen

The National Institutes of Health’s recent studies discovered, ”Only 5–10 percent of all cancer cases can be attributed to genetic defects, whereas the remaining 90–95 percent have their roots in the environment and lifestyle.” What we put in our body directly effects our health, which is why eat organic foods.  Organic fruits and vegetables also have more nutritional value than conventionally grown foods because of better soil quality and growing conditions.

 

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So what can you do about it? I know buying organic is expensive. In a perfect world, we would all be able to purchase all our foods organic. The alternative is to purchase organic for what is known as the “DIRTY DOZEN”, 12 of the most heavily pesticide fruits and vegetables.

 

Dirty Dozen  (Buy Organic)

Apples, Celery, Sweet Bell Peppers, Peaches, Strawberries, Nectarines, Grapes, Spinach, Lettuce, Cucumbers, Blueberries, Potatoes, Kale (#13), Collard Greens (#14)

Dirty-Dozen

Many people think organic foods are too expensive, but the truth is, it is actually more affordable than many packaged foods you buy. If you were to buy organic foods instead of junk foods, microwaveable meals, or soft drink and candy, you would be able to covert most of your foods to organic, getting rid of the toxins, pesticides, grown hormones and antibiotics from meat, and have a ton of energy in the process.

Here is an example:    Bag of chips: $3.99      vs       1 lb of Organic Apple: $1.99

 

Here are the least pesticide conventionally grown fruits and vegetables out there. If you are on a budget, these fruits and vegetables are the safest to buy through conventionally raised methods.

 

The Clean 15  (Can Buy Conventional)

Asparagus, Avocado, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Corn, Eggplant, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Mango, Mushroom, Onion, Papaya, Pineapples, Sweet Peas, Sweet Potato

 

If you buy fruits and vegetables in season, you can find very reasonably priced organic produce.  In addition to eliminating harmful toxins and chemical pesticides, it also has more nutritional value than conventionally grown product.  The best part is, it taste better!  If you don’t believe me, try it out for yourself:  Buy 1 organic fruit and buy the same fruit conventionally grown.  You will find the organic one to taste more flavorful, and the conventional fruit is a lot more bland and tasteless compared to it. Make a commitment to yourself this year to take better care of your body by eating less toxins and more organic foods!   Eating the right organic foods will also help you lose weight and shed unwanted body fat.  It’s just one of the other perks of healthy living.  Let me know if you can taste a difference between conventional and organic foods!  I’d love to hear from you! =)

Let’s stay connected!

 

Make it a Healthy Day,

 

Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

P.S.   If you are looking to get in shape quickly & be healthier at the same time,   check out my educational weight loss video. ❤

 

 

“Remember, being fit and healthy is a marathon, not a sprint.  And I am here with you every step of the way.”

 

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