The Dirty Dozen – Nutritional Foods That Should Be Bought Organic

The Dirty Dozen – Nutritional Foods That Should Be Bought Organic

If you want to get in shape, working out is good but food is one of the most important aspects of weight loss.  However, not all fruits and vegetables are created equal.  Do not ruin your food choices by eating harmful pesticides or chemicals.   Bodies by Design offers nutritional education to assist you in making healthier diet choices. Our Our personal trainers create personalized nutritional plans for our clients to establish long-term healthy lifestyle changes.Keep reading for the dirty dozen.

12 Foods That Should Be Bought Organic

Nutritional Foods

  1. Apples.  One of the top fruits that was found to be contaminated with harmful pesticides.  To avoid these, buy organic of course.
  2. Celery.  Also has traces of pesticides in it.
  3. Strawberries.  Not delicious berries too!  To avoid pesticides, buy organic.
  4. Peaches.  Just peachy, peaches are infested with pesticides too.
  5. Nectarines (Imported).  Yummy? Yes.  Organic? Please.
  6. Grapes (Imported).  Pesky pesticides.
  7. Spinach.  Spinach is on the top of the leader board for the leafy green variety of vegetables for pesticide infestation.
  8. Sweet Bell Peppers.  Not so sweet anymore are they?
  9. Potatoes. You say potato, I say organic please.
  10. Blueberries.  Small spheres of deliciousness that should definitely be bought organic.
  11. Lettuce.  Spinach’s partner in crime in the pesticide department.
  12. Cucumbers.  Buy organic to avoid the pesticides.

So why is it important to avoid these nutritious fruits and veggies if they aren’t organic?  We’ve all eaten non-organic fruits and veggies and we didn’t die, so what’s the big deal?  To start, pesticides are designed to kill bugs, but bugs aren’t the only organisms that they work on, they work on humans too.  Exposure to pesticides can cause different neurological effects such as, loss of coordination, reduced motor skills, memory loss, and uncontrollable moods and behavior in general.

Some other negative health effects that pesticides can have on humans are, asthma, hypersensitivity, allergies, and have also been linked to cancer development.  Children are even more at risk of health risks due to exposure to pesticides because of their small size.  Because their bodies and organs are growing more rapidly than adults, they are even more susceptible to health risks because the rapid growth would spread the poison faster than in an adult.

Pesticides also have a bad effect on the environment.  Pesticides make their way into the air, streams, and soil, jeopardizing wildlife.  I think we can all agree that we would rather not have pests in our fruits and vegetables but is getting bugs out of out fresh food worth risking our health, our children’s health, and other animal’s health?

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