Most Americans can consume over 100 different pesticides annually
Over 70% of fruit and vegetables have pesticide residue
Each year consumers are presented with a list of the most clean fruits and vegetables that are not necessarily organic. Called The Clean 15, this list from the Environmental Worker’s Group includes produce that are mostly unpeeled.
“There are regular tests on the fruits and vegetables that make it through to the grocery stores to make sure the lists are always up to date and relevant,” said Karen Reed of Positive Health Wellness. “This will mean you need to keep an eye on the yearly reports to make sure you follow the best diet for your health.”
The 2017 list for clean foods includes:
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“While there are many fears that you’re buying genetically modified food, you can breathe a sigh of relief,” states Reed. “Most of fruit and vegetable found in the grocery store’s fresh produce aisle is not grown with GMO chemicals. This means you’re not adding too many unnecessary chemicals to your body.”
“It’s the processed foods that you want to watch out. This can be great if you’re opting for a clean eating diet, where you cut out all processed foods. The method to process the fruits and vegetables adds in the chemicals and toxins. It changes the makeup of even the fresh fruit and vegetables that are used. It gets rid of the natural structure while adding in various salts, sugars, and other ingredients.”
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Of the top cleanest foods listed, asparagus, is notable for being a metabolism booster. It’s low carb and high in Vitamin B1 Thiamine. Five spears contain only four grams of carbohydrates. It is especially important for metabolizing starches and sugars.
As a cruciferous vegetable, cabbage is very healthy as other known superfoods like broccoli, kale, cauliflower, but not as expensive. It contains an assortment of nutrients great for fighting different kinds of diseases and lowering the risk of cancer. Cabbage is also low in calories.