Long, long gone are the days of strolling through the market picking fruit and veggies based on looks alone. Not all beautiful fruit is really beautiful. Now, the more perfect looking the fruit appears, the more likely it is to contain dangerous toxins or be genetically modified. Now the source of the food and the growing standards employed are important to our health.
They used to say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But if that’s not an organic apple, you’re going to run into problems. Today the tree the apple grows on has been overfertilized. The beautiful spring blossoms that produce the apple are sprayed with gallons of toxic chemicals to prevent worms and encourage growth. This spraying happens again once the apple starts to grow. Finally after the thing has been picked, it’s coated in wax and stored for months until it finally sees the florescent lights of the grocery store. This apple is not the kind of apple you want to eat every day.
Instead, try home grown or organic apples. In spring, the blossoms pop out on the tree and grow into apples, which are picked in the fall and sold at the market. No fertilizers, no wax, no crazy chemicals. This is a growing process you recognize. This is a fruit your body recognizes. This is real food.
The fact is, a large percentage of our health and obesity problems come from the toxins in our diet. Unfortunately, trying to eat well and trying to make sure to get all of the healthy fruits and veggies we need can backfire if we’re not eating clean food.
Organic Eating with Body By Design
To really be clean, food must not be genetically altered or grown with the use of chemicals, fertilizers, or toxins. The best way to make sure you’re eating clean food is to buy certified organic food—preferably locally grown. Or, if you have the space and the time—it’s ideal to grown your own! Of course, buying local organic costs much more than simply buying the cheapest apples you can find at the supermarket. So here’s a breakdown of which foods are safest to buy organic vs. commercially produced.
The Dirty Dozen are foods you should either grow yourself or buy organically. These foods are known to contain more toxins, and they typically have the most questionable growing standards.
Skip the Dirty Dozen: Buy organic and avoid toxins
Sweet Bell Peppers
When purchasing the Clean Fifteen, it’s still best to purchase organic, because the growing practices are far superior. But, because the cost can be higher, and because organic is not always available, here is a list of foods that are still safe to eat when raised using fertilizers and bug sprays. Typically, these foods have thick peels that can be removed, or they aren’t susceptible to bugs and aren’t sprayed. Remember this list when you’re in a pinch for non-organic food.
Eat the Clean Fifteen: Organic is best, but not necessary.
Foods on the Clean Fifteen make great snacks or meals. For example, grab an avocado, cut it in half, remove the pit, and score the fruit while still in the skin. Then simply grab a spoon and enjoy a creamy, smooth, and super healthy, yet delicious snack. No fancy recipes or cooking required. Just enjoy.
Boston, MA Healthy Snacks
This month, make it a goal to try everything on the Clean Fifteen list at least once. You’ll feel fresh, light, and clean—guaranteed.