While ideally it would be best to buy local and organic produce, this is not alw…


While ideally it would be best to buy local and organic produce, this is not always practical due to premium costs, time of season, and inconvenience.
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Get familiar with this list from the @environmentalworkinggroup (EWG) #Clean15 and #DirtyDozen to see which produce is the most heavily sprayed (dirty) and should ALWAYS be bought organic. I personally buy all berries, root vegetables, and dark leafy greens organic as well.
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When we buy organic, we greatly decrease our exposure to neurotoxic round-up (#glyphosate) and other SYNTHETIC chemical pesticides which disrupt our gut microbiome, impair our endogenous detox pathways (CYP450), and cause endocrine dysfunction. However, I do want to point out that organic does NOT necessarily mean pesticide-free. That being said, it does ensure that synthetic chemicals and GMOs are not used. ?
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Want almonds? Well, I hope they’re steam treated and organic…most conventional almonds are fumigated with propylene oxide, an anti-freeze derivative and neurotoxin.
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You can see that even when we are trying to make a healthy choice, we still can’t seem to win. And this is just one example. Apples and diphenylamine, anyone?
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In addition, organic food is more stressed. STRESSED FOOD HAS MORE NUTRIENT VALUE. When plants have to naturally fight and defend themselves from harsh conditions, water and nutrient deficiencies, and injury, they produce more phytochemicals and antioxidants. These biologically active compounds are essential for optimal health and fighting disease.
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However, when we can’t choose organic, I want to share with you an easy cleaning technique you can use on conventionally raised produce.
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A 2017 study by Yang and colleagues (swipe) demonstrated that soaking produce in a 10 mg/mL baking soda wash solution for 12-15 minutes completely removed thiabendazole surface residues from apples more effectively than Clorox bleach. A apple cider vinegar wash solution can also be used for 12-15 minutes. Make sure to give it a final rinse and pat it dry before storing!
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