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Choosing Organic!

June 1, 2016
Choosing your produce -- organic vs. non-organic
Choosing your produce -- organic vs. non-organic

Organic vs Non-Organic!


In my medical practice, I advise my patients to choose "mostly" organically grown produce for their families.  Pesticide residues that are found on most commercially grown foods can be detrimental to our bodies over time.  I am quite thankful to the environmental working group for their research and publication each year of  "The Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15."  I use this as a guide with my own shopping and pass this information on to my HCG Diet patients as they begin their quest to a healthier way of eating and living.


The Dirty Dozen


This is a list of fruits and veggies that I would say are very important to be sure they are grown organically.  The pesticide residues on these items is heavy and unsafe for long term consumption. Many of the pesticides used on these crops are not even allowed in most other nations.  Some local farms may not use pesticides on their crops but do not pay for the certification to be called "organic."  You can ask your local farm if they use any pesticides and if they do not, I would say these are safe to eat.


  1. Strawberries
  2. Apples
  3. Nectarines
  4. Peaches
  5. Celery
  6. Grapes
  7. Cherries
  8. Spinach
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Bell Peppers
  11. Cherry Tomatoes
  12. Cucumbers

The Clean 15


According to the environmental working groups research for 2016, these fruits and vegetables are okay if purchased commercially or non-organic.  They are crops that do not use a heavy amount of pesticides or use pesticides that are cleaner on the human body.

  1. Avocado
  2. corn
  3. pineapple
  4. cabbage
  5. peas
  6. onion
  7. asparagus
  8. mango
  9. papaya
  10. kiwi
  11. eggplant
  12. honeydew
  13. grapefruit
  14. cantaloupe
  15. cauliflower

This is great information to share!

Be Well!!


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