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Friday, June 12, 2009

Pesticides In Food

Pesticides in food

One of the first reasons I began eating organic was because of the pesticides in food, but quickly learned that they also taste a lot better too. I find that the people who grow the organic food take more pride in their work which gives the food a better energy. If you’re not eating organic, it’s pretty hard to avoid pesticides in the food, but with a little help from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) list of good and bad foods, you can avoid the chemicals as much as possible.

The EWG always recommends organic produce choices. For those that are not able to source it out, here is their list of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Dozen

pesticides in food

According to their Shoppers Guide to Pesticides, the EWG tells us that those who eat the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables consume an average of 10 pesticides a day compared to 2 for those who eat conventionally grown produce.

Pesticides are toxic.

The Environmental Working Group has a downloadable PDF with more information as well as a new iPhone app so you can carry the shoppers guide to pesticides with you when you’re out.

If the dirty dozen include any of your favorite foods, I suggest you at least source out cleaner versions of them.

Avoiding the pesticides in food is but one reason to eat organic, but it’s a real compelling one. Personally? I find the taste of organic to be much better and the price of organic to conventional really is comparable.

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Rob Coopers Fat burning tips In 1990 Rob weighed 475 pounds and was able to burn almost 300 lbs of fat in just two and a half years. Rob does weight management coaching from his office in Edmonton Alberta Canada. Rob's diet is based on a "System Specific Organic Whole Food" line of foods along with various fat burning, muscle building tips from Tom Venuto. Tom's Philosophy is very similar to Rob's and he's happy to recommend them

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At 8:26 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

This is so important! We appreciate you spreading the word about why it's so important to choose organic produce. If you cannot find organic, this fabulous list helps to make sure you're not eating the produce that gets the most pesticide. Thanks for the info!

At 8:28 PM, Anonymous Raw Food Nation said...

So true! Thank you for posting an article like this. It is very important for people to know that whenever possible they should be eating organic. If they cannot always do this, it is good to know what produce receives the most pesticides so they can be avoided. Good information!

At 2:07 PM, Anonymous Diane said...

Thanks for this reminder. As a former 300 lb. fat girl and a Mom to seven great kids I try to buy organic whenever I can. We live in a small town and it's not always possible to find what we are looking for but I do my best. Great info!

At 10:26 PM, Blogger Loukas said...

Hey Rob,

I was rather disappointed to see one of my favorites, celery, in there. I knew about the carrots, as I like to eat both celery and carrots together.
I printed out your best/worst list to take with me when I go food shopping.

Thanks, Loukas

At 5:21 AM, Anonymous Keith @ My Body Fat said...

Organic food is big business, but the difference in price is quite alot of money. And for most people they can't afford to make the change.
I know you can't put a price on your health and well being, but the price you pay for organic food is very expensive. Well it is here in the UK. Great article!

At 2:52 PM, Anonymous Rob said...

@Keith, I don't see that at all here in Canada. In many instances, organic is less expensive than non organic.

in other cases, the organic produce changes in price week to week because of the supplier. Some times the produce comes from a Canadian province, next week it's from the US, then the next week it might be from New Zealand. Prices vary depending on season and where it comes from.

As for it being "affordable", in my opinion, I'd rather have the good taste, the reduction in pesticides etc and the increased nutritional profile rather than cheap food.

that's my take on it.

when it comes right down to it, I find it simply tastes better.

thanks for the comment


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