The Dirty Dozen – Organics and Communes

Eating the right food is important, but where your food comes from matters too. The difference in quality can vary greatly depending on the source, and not to mention the environmental impact. It is of course not financially viable for most of us to buy 100% organic foods grown locally, nor is it always available. Finding local farmers markets and communes can however make a large step towards this while respecting your budget. There are also some foods that it are much more important to buy organic than others as detailed in the lists below by CrossFit Invictus.

The Dirty Dozen – Organics and Communes


Written by Michele Vieux

In my quest to become the healthiest me possible, I have recently become extra diligent about eating organic food, as I feel it is one of the final tweaks I can make in my diet. I actually spit out a piece of celery I was eating when I started researching this topic in depth.

I think we all know by now that eating organic food (produce AND meat) is better for you than if you eat non-organic varieties, but if you need some more convincing, check out this article by the Environmental Working Group on a recent study. If you are pregnant or feeding young children, you should pay special attention to the findings, but everyone should pay attention as young brains and nervous systems are more vulnerable. According to the EWG, studies also link high levels of pesticides in foods to ADHD and low IQ in children. None of these side effects are something I want to mess with and these are only the ones highlighted in the article.

Why bother eating “healthy” if the foods you consume are loading chemicals into your body? Who knows, you could sprout two heads from eating non-organics or you could drop that last few “impossible” pounds by switching to organics. It’s your health with which to barter. I choose the latter and am willing to spend a little more and/or grow my own. Fellow Invictus coach, Nichole DeHart, and I sometimes joke about our future organic commune.  I already have quite the home garden going and plan to add laying hens soon. (More on this and alternatives to using pesticides and fertilizers in an upcoming post.)

Besides NOT having all those crummy chemicals and antibiotics in your food (organic also means they can’t treat with antibiotics), some studies have shown that organic foods have 12 to 16 percent more nutrients than traditional crops. (Human Nutrition Research Center of Newcastle University in the United Kingdom)

So what if you can’t buy organic all the time? Sometimes what you need isn’t available and for some, it is not in the budget. Here’s the deal, there is a list called “The Dirty Dozen” that is updated by Environmental Working Group, a leading environmental health research and advocacy group, and it can help you pick-and-choose when to reach for the organic produce vs. the cheaper, non-organic stuff.

Here’s the current Dirty Dozen list:

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

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