Dirty Fruit Scoop

Gorgeous apples... they may not look dirty - but they are!

Gorgeous apples… they may not look dirty – but they are!

It’s an interesting debate that many farmers and produce consumers chat about…

WHY organic?  Is it all HYPE?  Is there no reason to pay “more” for fruit?  Is it really any different??

A recent post on Facebook had me shaking my head.  “Studies show organic fruits are not more nutritious than GMO fruits,” it stated.

Can I get a show of hands of who thought they were paying for organic fruit because they thought it was producing MORE vitamins or minerals?

No?

How about a show of hands for people who were trying to avoid GMOs and pesticides, among other chemicals absorbed into their fruit?

I’m in the later group, personally.  I don’t need other chemicals bogging down my struggling immune system!  Recently a friend even posted that her daughter had a reaction from an apple she ate without washing well…  you wonder WHAT is on the fruit??

While I don’t always love the prices of organic produce, comparatively – we’ve come to realize that less expensive doesn’t usually equate into “good for you”… even if it’s produce…  and it’s an investment worth making for our health.

So, how do you decide what to buy organic, and what is ok normally?  Well, Bob Harper mentioned a few months ago that thicker skinned fruits and veggies were more protected, so organic wasn’t as necessary – Eg.  bananas, or oranges.  However things with thinner skins, that would absorb chemicals in readily – you should go organic.

Then I heard of the “Dirty Dozen”…  and that’s a basic list of foods you should or shouldn’t purchase organic (From the Environmental Working Group):

12 Most Contaminated

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Grapes (Imported)
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes

12 Least Contaminated

  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Corn (Frozen)
  • Pineapples
  • Mango
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Peas (Frozen)
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Bananas
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Papaya

It’s recommended you wash your fruits and veggies with a 1:1 ratio or vinegar and water and rinse off the vinegar well before eating.  Cooking on the stove is best after RAW, as is steaming vs. microwave “cooking”.  The higher and hotter you cook your produce, the more vitamins you cook OUT of the food.

“Casting all your care upon Him; for he cares for you.”

1 Peter 5:7

** Side note.  I got an email from Chicago, indicating they had my results from my pathology done.  I called and they said they were sorry for the confusion, but that their findings were also that the biopsy was normal.  She couldn’t explain what she said – last week, about it needing further review, etc.  I’m glad I at least know I tried.  I won’t be undergoing any more testing or going on gluten again to get a positive biopsy – on purpose.

Posted on December 11, 2012, in Celiac/Gluten Sensitivity, Food To Try, Our Struggles and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I don’t think anyone is buying organic because of more nutrients! I bet that statement confused a bunch of people though:( Thanks for the list!

  2. I agree, it made me giggle. I think most people who don’t understand don’t realize how much what we put into our bodies, affects us, or they haven’t been sick enough to NEED to know.

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