Forty three fruits and vegetables were evaluated by http://www.ewg.org This is a great site to search for chemicals that are in all products we use including cosmetics.
They reported that the following 12 fruits and vegetables had the highest pesticide load and therefore should be purchased organic for your safety:
- Sweet bell peppers
- Grapes (imported)
The great news is that the following had the lowest pesticide load making them safe to purchase non-organic:
- Sweet peas (frozen)
- Sweet corn (frozen)
It is still preferable to purchase your products from farmer’s markets grown locally. But ask if this is true. At one local farm I shop at, they import from Mexico, so who knows whether they are truly organic or not and if they are irradiated, as is often the case, when produce crosses the border. So ASK.
Grass-fed beef can be purchased at many of these farmer’s markets as well. Trader’s is now carrying grass-fed hamburger in the fresh and frozen section and recently added grass-fed steak. Both have higher Omega 3 than fish! I often buy from http://www.texasgrassfedbeef.com as well. I tried a new fish that is reportedly the lowest in mercury – try Barramundi. Fabulous taste – a new favorite of mine. Whole Foods carries it in their frozen section.
An increasing number of people are planting gardens. It can be fun, especially if you have children or grandchildren. I just purchased a towergarden and am thrilled that in two weeks I have some plants growing. It is always exciting to grow food. See the pictures at the right of my towergarden. http://www.nanceysavinelli.towergarden.com is my site for obtaining more information about purchasing one. I will keep you posted on the progress. It is fun and easy.
Produce picked fresh has its nutrient value intact. Remember, that each day the plant is off the roots, the value diminishes greatly and therefore we get less nutrition. A few days can equal 50 % degradation in the value of nutrients.
In 1905, brix readings were done on fruit and vegetables to evaluate their nutritional content. Today it would take 50 peaches to equal the nutrition of one in 1905. Are we overeating in an attempt to get adequate nutrition? I think so. So when buying seeds to grow, select organic heirloom if you can, which equals more nutrition and produces a healthier plant to eat. The reward is a healthier You!
Spring is here finally – Enjoy!