Look for ‘organic’ when buying these fruits, vegetables

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 With summer here, we all begin to try to eat more fruits and vegetables for their benefits and light-meal preparation adaptability.

With that, we have to be aware of the fruits and vegetables we purchase. The Environ-mental Working Group recently published its annual guide to the top 12 fruits and vegetables with pesticides.

How this
helps you

Choose organic produce when buying anything on the dirty dozen list.

While we all try our best to buy local and organic, if you are on a tight budget, its not going to kill you to buy conventional fruits and vegetables.

The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables out weigh the risks of some pesticide exposure. It is still wise to avoid as much as we can.

What’s new to the list this year?

Once again apples, strawberries, and spinach are included in the dirty dozen.

Blueberries and lettuce fell off the list, with cucumbers and cherry tomatoes now making the list.

So here we go, your dirty and clean lists for 2013.

Dirty dozen (plus three)

1. Apples

2. Celery

3. Cherry tomatoes

4. Cucumbers

5. Grapes

6. Hot peppers

7. Nectarines

8. Peaches

9. Potatoes

10. Spinach

11. Strawberries

12. Sweet bell peppers

13. Kale

14. Collard greens

15. Summer squash


Clean 15

1. Asparagus

2. Avacadoes

3. Cabbage

4. Cantaloupe

5. Sweet corn

6. Egg plant

7. Grapefruit

8. Kiwi

9. Mangoes

10. Mushrooms

11. Onions

12. Papayas

13. Pineapples

14. Sweet peas (frozen)

15. Sweet potatoes


I hope these lists help you in your fruit and veggie choices this summer. Eat clean and stay active.


Beau Arney is the owner of Mass Appeal Personal Performance Training, a personal training/fitness program design business in Carrollton. Questions or to request for training or program design, contact Beau at (502) 645-9560 or via Facebook at Mappt Beau Arney.