In an ideal world, we could all afford to buy organic everything (if we so desired). Since most of us can’t, here is a list of the most important produce to buy organic, as well as the least important. According to the Environmental Working Group, consumers can reduce their pesticide exposure by 80% by going organic with “the dirty dozen” and sticking with conventional on the “the clean 15”. Let me say that one more time – 80%!! Great to know for the sake of your health and your wallet!
The Dirty Dozen:
- Domestic blueberries
- Sweet bell peppers
- Grapes (Imported)
The Clean 15:
(Makes sense – notice how most of these have a protective outer layer minus the asparagus & cabbage)
- Sweet corn
- Sweet peas
- Sweet potato
- Honeydew melon
While the mainstream has everyone covering themselves from head to toe, 24-7 to protect against the dangers of the sun, what about the dangers of what you’re slathering all over your largest organ (your skin)? Not all sunscreens were made equal. The problem with most of the sunscreens on the market is that they contain ingredients that in fact might be causing allergic reactions as well as cellular changes, and hence cancer! Hard to believe, right?
Ideally you would never ever spend excessive amounts of time in the sun and never let yourself get a sunburn. Since, that’s virtually impossible for most, here are some options that do the same job of protecting, but have a much safer profile overall. These mineral-based options deflect the sun’s rays rather than absorb them, which is what synthetic chemicals do.
As usual, the natural route is a little pricier and harder to find, but the price tag is definitely worth it and your closest health food store should have at least one or more of these options. It’s summer so definitely enjoy the sun, but try to do it naturally more safely!