What is the Dirty Dozen?

Happy Wellness Wednesday everyone!

Most of you have learned through my writing that eating healthy is important to me, and I try to educate others on the topic as Miss Teen Earth Florida United States. Today I want to teach everybody about the Dirty Dozen.

Back in 2010 the Environmental Working Group (EWG) but together a list of 12 foods the we should buy organic. This list is now refereed to as “The Dirty Dozen.” This is because the food on this list contained at least 47 chemicals and up to 67. The list includes:

  • celery
  • peaches
  • strawberries
  • apples
  • domestic blueberries
  • nectarines
  • sweet bell peppers
  • collard greens (spinach and kale)
  • cherries
  • potatoes
  • imported grapes
  • lettuce

We need to be aware that these foods contain harmful chemicals since they have been proven to have a negative affect on our health. Children are particularly susceptible to negative side effects like childhood cancers, behavioral problems and trouble learning.  In adults, pesticide exposure has been linked to  issues like rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, lupus and cancer. These foods are prone to absorbing chemicals which are due to lacking protective skin.

the dirty dozen

A way to avoid this pesticide overdose is simply buy organic or grow the produce yourself.

Click the link below to learn more about the Dirty Dozen.


Watch the video below to learn more


Check back next Wednesday to learn about the Clean 15.

~Char ❤

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