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How many of you are aware of the food you eat? I'm talking about produce you purchase in grocery market and convenient store. I was browsing through the App Store on my iPad and discovered EWG's Food Score App that helps score food based on nutrition, ingredient concern and processing. I was curious about how this app score food, so I tried it out.
This app uses two method to score: using the scan code and searching the product name. The easiest way is take a snap of the food code on your phone and let the app do the work. As mentioned above, this app measure food based on three concerns (view diagram above). The lower the score the better because it shows the food is minimally processed. The purpose is to direct you to food that are healthier on the scale.
EWG also offer a shopping guide to pesticides in produce (see below).

Dirty Dozen

According to EWG's report these are the produce that are high in pesticides:
Apples, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet bell pepper, cucumber, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, snap peas, potatoes
This is not to say you shouldn't eat your fruits and veggies! It's better to eat conventionally grown produce than not eat it at all. Our body needs the nutrients to function properly. This serves as a guide to lower your exposure to pesticides.

Clean Fifteen

On the other hand, these are the produce that have minimal exposure to pesticides:
Avocado, pea, onion, asparagus, mango, papaya, kiwi, eggplant, grapefruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower, sweet potato
So, what does this tell us? It's better to choose organic food but if you can't there are ways to eat healthier.
I remember picking swiss chard from my front garden once and a women walked by with her dog and asked if I was going to eat that. I said of course! I was really proud of my little salad garden :) What I didn't expect was her look of disgust and the lecture she gave me about how pesticides make plants clean of bugs so eating pesticide free plants means that you're eating dirty food? I was so shocked!
Organic (or better yet, home grown!) is the best way to go. But obviously still be sure to wash your plants carefully to avoid eating...natural fertilizer ;)
Definitely always buy your berries organic!
I still buy non-organic melons because the rind tends to protect them (glad to see them in the clean 15!) but I still wash the rind with soap and water before cutting into it.
@stargaze I know! I couldn't even reply I was to taken aback hahah I always make a point to buy organic if I don't have something in my garden :)
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