When it comes to eating healthy, not all foods are created equal. In fact, much of the fresh vegetables in your supermarket are grown using pesticides, while the milk and meat is filled with hormones and antibiotics. So what can you do? How can you make healthier and greener food choices?
Whenever possible, buy local, this saves on energy that is otherwise wasted on transportation.
From Woman Tribune...
Here is a list of the top 10 produce you should most definitely be buying organic, every time.
1. Peaches - pesticide load: 100
2. Apples - pesticide load: 96
3. Bell Peppers - pesticide load: 86
4. Celery - pesticide load: 85
5. Nectarines - pesticide load: 84
6. Strawberries - pesticide load: 83
7. Cherries - pesticide load: 75
8. Lettuce - pesticide load: 69
9. Grapes (imported) - pesticide load: 68
10. Pears - pesticide load: 65
For healthier green vegetables, buy local or organic (specifically USDA Certified Organic). Even better, grow your own. Planting your own vegetable garden can be hard work, but it can also be a lot of fun. If you don't live in an area where having your own vegetable garden is possible, check out the AeroGarden, and grow your own vegetables inside - I wish I had one of these babies.
When it comes to milk, buy organic, or consider trying soy milk. If you're thinking "yuk" - at the very least, don't buy your milk in plastic containers.
What about meat? Again, buy organic. Also, for better health, try to avoid red meat whenever possible. Chicken and fish are a much healthier and greener choice.
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