The Dirty Dozen

It has to be 30 years or more that I started reading about how “water-based” fruits literally soaked in the water along with everything that was in the water.    As apples, blueberries, strawberries and grapes would grow — and become flush with their liquid nutrient — they would also absorb high concentrations of the pesticides, weed killers, insecticides and fertilizers that were dumped on them to make them grow.   

These toxic chemicals would then be ingested (often unwittingly) by the masses.  And the ingestion of these toxins has been linked to cancer, lower birth weights, shorter pregnancies and other maladies.   

There was a time when I stuck pretty much with bananas.  And then came organic. . . . .

I love blueberries.  I have them on my cereal nearly every morning.  But the blueberries I buy (often from Fresh Market) are organic.   If organic blueberries are not available, I will break down and buy “conventional” but only those blueberries grown in the U.S. 

I am convinced that my daughter and her family should buy organic of the really (and truly) “dirty dozen”:  apples, peaches, blueberries, grapes, nectarines, spinach, lettuce, potatoes, green beans, strawberries, celery and cucumber.  

The “safe” fruits and vegetables are onions, corn, grapefruit, mushrooms, watermelon, pineapple, avocado, mango, peas, asparagus, cantaloupe and bananas.

And then there’s the (pretty one-sided) debate on grass-fed beef. . .   


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