Hello everyone and welcome back!
Do you know what’s lurking in your fruits and vegetables? If you are a newbie to the health world welcome to The Dirty Dozen/Clean 15. If you’re already in the know, here’s a refresher update for you. How does this have anything to do with stress? Everything!
The Dirty Dozen/Clean 15 list is designed to help you know what’s best to buy organic. Sadly, the 12 has now expanded to 18 due to the chemical obsessed world we live in.
I wanted to start with this important topic for a couple of reasons 1) Our health is the most important asset we have and 2) I think as an end-consumers we have a right to know what’s in our food supply. Don’t you?
10 things pesticides can cause
- Cancer or to assist carcinogenic chemicals
- Reproductive problems such as reduced sperm count, sterility, and miscarriage
- Birth defects
- Thyroid problems
- Hormonal imbalances
- Genetic changes
- Induce tumour growth
- Liver damage through death of liver cells, jaundice (yellowing of the skin), fibrosis and cirrhosis
- Nerve damage - including accumulative effects on cholinesterase depression associated with organophosphate insecticides.
- Young children are more susceptible to the toxins in pesticides than adults
- Pesticides contribute to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in bees (we can’t survive without bees, they’re critical to our food supply)
- DDT is still present in the bodies of some Americans more than 40 years later
- More than 1 billion pounds of Pesticides are applied in the USA every year (now think globally)
- Pesticides Drift into our water ways that we drink
- They build up in our body’s system
- They are impossible to wash off fruit and veg
- They kill 18,000 farm workers annually in the USA (now think globally)
- They affect wild life and eco systems
- Little is known about how multiple pesticides interact with each other
Fruits and vegetables dubbed the "Dirty Dozen" contain 47 to 67 pesticides per serving. Thankfully we can reduce our exposure by up to 80 percent when buying the organic version of the Dirty Dozen. The list below may have slight variances between countries however it’s predominately the same.
The Dirty Dozen (in order of contamination) can contain 47 to 67 pesticides per serving
- Apples* (about to be a GMO in USA)
- Sweet bell peppers
- Potatoes* (about to be a GMO in USA)
- Recent additions to the dirty dozen include:
The Clean 15 (in order of least contamination) contains little to no pesticides
- Sweet Corn* (non-GMO only)
- Sweet peas
- Cantaloupe (aka Rock Melon)
- Sweet potatoes
* I will talk about GMO’s in my next post click here.
Here are some ideas for people unable to buy or find organic/hydro grown foods
- Try growing some of the food in your yard or on your balcony (particularly herbs)
- Grow some indoors if you have the time and space click here for ideas
- Do a swap and share with your neighbours and grow a few items each (like my grandparent's era)
- Start a local garden growing community in your area
- Look for local markets and speak to the supplier about your concerns
- Weather and space permitting grow some of the dirty dozen (try kale or spinach it’s not much work)
For those who have just read about this for the first time please don’t be alarmed. It’s still better to eat fruit and veg instead of processed, chemical laden fast foods which are diabolical for your health! Think massive environmental stress!
Eating organic can be unaffordable/unavailable for some depending on the country they live in. I can’t be 100% organic all the time however at home I always try to buy my dirty dozen organic. When I travel, organic isn’t available so I eat sprayed food. For the record, I’m not ‘preaching’ you must buy and organic 24-7. I am just letting you know what’s happening to our food supply and the possible effect it may have on you in the long term.
This post isn’t designed to scare you it’s about empowering you with knowledge. Unfortunately, our fruit and veg aren't labeled and big agriculture hide this information.
So what does ‘The Big 3’ Stress Management Puzzle look like when it comes to the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15?
‘The Big 3’ Short Term
We have been lead to believe spraying our food is good, it stops the bugs eating it which makes it more presentable on supermarket shelves and your dinner plate. Real food shouldn’t look perfect and from time to time my organic food has bugs which makes me happy, if the bugs are happy to eat it, then I am happy to eat it. I don’t want any poisonous sprays on my food….what about you?
Pesticides are an environmental stress in our air, water and food supply which our bodies endure daily. Over years this builds up in our bodies because we all eat food, drink water and breathe air, don’t we? Do you think they might have some impact on your health causing because our bodies become physically stressed by the environmental stress it’s enduring?
When you continually spray the food supply with pesticides it robs the soil of the nutrients to grow nutritious food which our bodies need to maintain optimum health. I’m pretty certain our grandparent’s food wasn’t as heavily sprayed like it is today.
Here’s how I look at it. Over the course of time if I were to slowly, little by little, spray your food with cockroach/fly spray, do you think it might make you unwell? I am not sure about you but when I become unwell/sick I get emotionally stressed because I hate being sick.
The Big 3 Long Term
As the saying goes ‘Think globally, act locally’….. I like to think big, think global, think about the long term…… We need clean air, water and food to survive it’s just that simple.
Chemical reduction in our food supply helps us all including the environment. Our recent rise in catastrophic weather events has been linked to harmful chemicals in the environment.
Please don’t misunderstand me, I’m not suggesting eating organic stops major weather events! It does however lessen the amount of chemicals in our environment which indirectly helps in more way than we realise. Chemical reduction gives us cleaner air, water and food. All of which mankind needs to survive.
In this instance, the ‘Big 3’ works through being mindful of our actions. Thinking big, thinking about all the different aspects chemicals affect us whether it’s directly or indirectly, through our environmental stresses.
You can agree or disagree with the ‘Big 3’ that’s totally your choice depending on your point of view. However, through the chemical reduction in our lives, we all become happier, healthier and more vibrate beings, and that fact is irrefutable.
Until next time be thoughtful, be mindful, be present. This is Character 32 doing her best to help you!