Posted by Meaghan Beattie | Harm Reducation

Eating lots of fruits and vegetables is a great way to increase vitality and improve overall mood but you have to be careful in choosing the freshest produce possible so that you’ll maximize every ounce you eat.

Produce selection is as important as eating itself as soft, wilted vegetables won’t yield as much as fresh and firm ones. Another thing to consider is pesticide residue that is present in all conventionally-grown and even some organic produce.

Don’t underestimate these chemicals because even in small doses, it all adds up if you consume a lot of it. Fortunately, the Environmental Working Group is here to help us by ranking the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen. They base the rankings on the amount of pesticide residue present. They’ve also shared the Dirty Dozen Plus that includes 3 items that contain traces of highly hazardous chemicals that are toxic to our nervous system.

This year, apples made it to the top spot as 99% were tested to have at least 1 pesticide residue on it. So before you buy an apple make sure that it isn’t waxy, better yet buy organic ones if you consume a lot.

Alternatively, you can get yourself a high-quality fruit and veggie rinse. To learn more about fruit and veggie rinse and to get the best brand available contact us!

To learn more about the dirty dozen and essential information about pesticides take a look at this infographic courtesy of Juicing with G. It will not only guide you through the dirty dozen and clean fifteen but will also help you learn where to buy affordable organic produce and how to distinguish conventional, organic and genetically modified fruits and vegetables.

Dirty Dozen Infographic

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