With all of the hype surrounding organic foods, you may often wonder if it’s really worth it. Well, the answer is definitely yes! When doing our weekly shopping, we sometimes reach for organic when we see a good price or the common produce doesn’t look so appealing. Although organic comes with a price, quality can be assured with that cost. Not only is there piece of mind attached, but know that with this wise decision you are saving your body from potential harm.
To help consumers make the right choices, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) puts out a list each year to guide consumers in the right direction when selecting their produce from local grocery stores. While choosing entirely organic is obviously best, it’s not feasible for everyone and the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen can allow consumers to make the best choices when buying for their household.
The EWG generates these two lists each year so that people can know which non-organic items are safest for consumption, and which to steer clear away from as they are heavily treated with pesticides. We all know what purpose pesticides serve, and a simple rinse under the kitchen sink is not enough to wash away the dangerous chemicals that have penetrated deep into the produce. Allow these two lists to serve as your go-to guide so that you know exactly how to make the best decisions when it comes produce shopping time!