A very helpful guide! We think getting to know where your veggies (and other food & skincare come from) is just as important –
Organic produce is said to be higher in antioxidants, which prevent damage to the body, supposedly better for the environment and tastes better, according to its champions. But with some products costing up to twice as much as their non-organic alternatives, not everyone can afford to fill their trolley up with pesticide-free fruit and veg every week. But if you can stretch to adding some items, the Pesticide Action Network UK has revealed the fruit and vegetables found to have the highest level of residue in tests carried out between 2011 and 2015, to coincide with the Soil Association’s Organic September Campaign.They include oranges and other citrus fruits, apples, herbs and pre-prepared salad leaves, as well as starchy foods such as rice and oats. Meanwhile, avocado, mushrooms and sweet potato have the lowest levels so are the best choices to buy non-organic.
Source: PAN UK’s 20 organic foods worth splashing out on | Daily Mail Online
If you know your local strawberry farmer, that’s a plus! Why getting to know the foods we eat (and skincare we buy!) is so important –
Time to change your grocery list, because the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list just revealed the most pesticide-packed produce on the market today. For the second year in a row, strawberries have topped the Dirty Dozen ranking and “contained an average of 7.7 different pesticides per sample, compared to 2.3 pesticides per sample for all other produce,” the EWG reports.
Source: The Dirtiest Produce in Your Supermarket Revealed | Rodale Wellness
We’re lucky to be surrounded by strawb farms! Why it’s a good idea to get to know your strawb farm too! –
EWG’s analysis of tests by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) found that nearly 70 percent of samples of 48 types of conventional produce were contaminated with residues of one or more pesticides. USDA researchers found a total of 178 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products on the thousands of produce samples they analyzed. The pesticide residues remained on fruits and vegetables even after they were washed and, in some cases, peeled.”
If you don’t want to feed your family food contaminated with pesticides, the EWG Shopper’s Guide helps you make smart choices, whether you’re buying conventional or organic produce,” said Sonya Lunder, an EWG senior analyst. “Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is essential no matter how they’re grown, but for the items with the heaviest pesticide loads, we urge shoppers to buy organic. If you can’t buy organic, the Shopper’s Guide will steer you to conventionally grown produce that is the lowest in pesticides.”
Source: 12 Fruits and Vegetables You’d Better Buy Organic
Read those ingredient labels, and get to know those ingredients! –
Beauty brands including Boots have been accused of misleading customers by falsely labelling products as organic. Ingredients not certified as organic – and even linked to health problems – were found in a range of cosmetics apparently claiming to be all-natural. The research for the Soil Association revealed High Street brands including The Organic Pharmacy, Dr Organic and Faith in Nature, were using the word on packaging for shampoos and sunscreens containing potentially harmful ingredients.
Source: The ‘organic’ beauty goods not as green as they seem | Daily Mail Online
Keeping as close to natural as possible is always best! –
The short answer is yes, if you’re referring to a homemade smoothie containing nothing but fruit. “But I’d still rather they have whole fruit,” said Robin Foroutan, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a trade group representing nutrition professionals.
Most juices have had all the pulp removed, so the sugar is more concentrated and the juice contains little if any fiber. Smoothies, on the other hand, maintain their fiber, even though it has been pulverized, and fiber helps slow down the absorption of fructose, the main sugar in fruit.
Source: Are Smoothies Better for You Than Juices? – The New York Times