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    Super Dawg Member Phil Kaufman aka AffiliateHound's Avatar
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    Safe/Unsafe Fruits and Veggies
    The Environmental Working Group has recently come out with its updated list of "Clean Fifteen" and "Dirty Dozen" fruits and veggies - produce that either is safe to eat or generally contains unsafe levels of pesticides, in which case they recommend that only organically grown products be consumed.

    Their Positions:
    Why Should You Care About Pesticides?
    The growing consensus among scientists is that small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can cause lasting damage to human health, especially during fetal development and early childhood. Scientists now know enough about the long-term consequences of ingesting these powerful chemicals to advise that we minimize our consumption of pesticides.
    What’s the Difference?
    EWG research has found that people who eat five fruits and vegetables a day from the Dirty Dozen list consume an average of 10 pesticides a day. Those who eat from the 15 least contaminated conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables ingest fewer than 2 pesticides daily. The Guide helps consumers make informed choices to lower their dietary pesticide load.
    Will Washing and Peeling Help?
    The data used to create these lists is based on produce tested as it is typically eaten (meaning washed, rinsed or peeled, depending on the type of produce). Rinsing reduces but does not eliminate pesticides. Peeling helps, but valuable nutrients often go down the drain with the skin. The best approach: eat a varied diet, rinse all produce and buy organic when possible.
    How Was This Guide Developed?
    EWG analysts have developed the Guide based on data from nearly 96,000 tests for pesticide residues in produce conducted between 2000 and 2008 and collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. You can find a detailed description of the criteria EWG used to develop these rankings and the complete list of fruits and vegetables tested at our dedicated website, www dot foodnews dot org.
    The Clean Fifteen - Lowest in pesticides:

    1 Onions
    2 Avocado
    3 Sweet Corn
    4 Pineapple
    5 Mangos
    6 Sweet Peas
    7 Asparagus
    8 Kiwi
    9 Cabbage
    10 Eggplant
    11 Cantaloupe
    12 Watermelon
    13 Grapefruit
    14 Sweet Potato
    15 Honeydew Melon

    The Dirty Dozen - Buy Only Organic:

    1 Celery
    2 Peaches
    3 Strawberries
    4 Apples
    5 Blueberries
    6 Nectarines
    7 Bell Peppers
    8 Spinach
    9 Kale
    10 Cherries
    11 Potatoes
    12 Grapes (Imported)
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    Wash everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeymourButts View Post
    Wash everything.
    From the above:
    Will Washing and Peeling Help?
    The data used to create these lists is based on produce tested as it is typically eaten (meaning washed, rinsed or peeled, depending on the type of produce). Rinsing reduces but does not eliminate pesticides. Peeling helps, but valuable nutrients often go down the drain with the skin. The best approach: eat a varied diet, rinse all produce and buy organic when possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AffiliateHound View Post
    From the above:
    Ok, don't wash and enjoy the pesticides.

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    yuuuummmm, malathion
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    Quote Originally Posted by AffiliateHound View Post
    yuuuummmm, malathion
    It gives it that extra little kick.

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    And if you don't want to research other types of fruits and vegetables, keep in mind the general rule of thumb: if it has a thick skin and you only eat the inside bits, there is little need to worry about pesticides. Generally. That's why apples, strawberries and nectarines make the 'dirty' list while , corn and watermelon make the 'clean' list. Of course, there are exceptions.
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    We have started to do mostly organic fruit, vegetables and meats. We have tried scouting out the local organic farms in our area and farmers markets. Plus the usual overpriced Whole Foods.

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    <getting out my treehugger soapbox>

    This is kind of related in an un-related sort of way, but buying organic is usually the best choice but you should really be careful of what you store the food in as well. There is BPA in most plastic containers and it does seep into your food. Instead you could use BPA-free plastic containers or glass. It will move into your food in higher quantities when warmed, so at least try to heat foods in something other than plastic. BPA is most harmful to very young boys and people with hormone driven problems as it creates a synthetic estrogen like chemical. But plastic is everywhere.

    Also, BPA is what is used to make your cash register receipts shiny and it is what's known as Free-BPA making the concentration even higher. So be sure to wash your hands before eating if you handled a receipt.

    <putting soapbox away>

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    BPAs are a real hot button with me. Thanks for mentioning them Betty Lou.

    Even if we can say that science can be manipulated to show results on either side of the BPA argument, it's so easy to get BPA free food storage that it's worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin View Post
    BPAs .....Thanks for mentioning them Betty Lou.

    +1

    Thanks Betty Lou. I didn't know all those details about BPAs. Good info there and will read up on that too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin View Post
    Even if we can say that science can be manipulated to show results on either side of the BPA argument, it's so easy to get BPA free food storage that it's worth it.
    Exactly, and they are actually quite cheap, too. If you know where to buy them ..... .....holding in need to shamelessly plug another ABWer's awesome website.

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    I saw this a couple of weeks ago, and we actually printed it out and it's on our refrigerator now. I am not saying I will never eat a conventionally grown blueberry or apple again, but it is important to be aware...and has also reinforced our decision to use a local, organic CSA program. We split our weekly share with another family and it's cheaper than if we bought everything at the chain grocery store in town.

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    Thanks Hound! Good resource!
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    Nowadays we all eat so unhealthy food, that even washing that is washable cannot help, and neither preparing it in different ways, but consequences of all of this we will see just much later ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AffiliateHound View Post
    The Dirty Dozen - Buy Only Organic:

    1 Celery
    2 Peaches
    3 Strawberries
    4 Apples
    5 Blueberries
    6 Nectarines
    7 Bell Peppers
    8 Spinach
    9 Kale
    10 Cherries
    11 Potatoes
    12 Grapes (Imported)
    Ooops, what are left to me?
    Last edited by StoneWilson; November 3rd, 2010 at 08:44 AM.

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    Just keep eating those bacteria infested McDonald burgers and forget the fruit.
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    Thank you, nice list. I try to buy organic fruit, I prefer leave out the pesticides.

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