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Fruits and vegetables you should always buy organic

blueberries101310_optBY JENN A. NOCERA

There are many mixed opinions regarding organic versus conventional foods. However, it is evident that more and more consumers are choosing to purchase organic food items these days. With the growth of Whole Foods and various health food stores, organic meats and produce have become more widely available. Even mainstream supermarkets have gotten on the bandwagon and have begun to carry a few organic items.

Although it would be preferable to consume nothing but organic products, this is often not feasible due to cost and availability factors. I believe it is important to eat organic dairy products and avoid the "Dirty Dozen" produce items that contain the most residual pesticides.

According to Dr. Weil, these include:
  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Blueberries (Domestic)
  • Nectarines
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Collard Greens/Kale
  • Cherries
  • Potatoes
  • Grapes (Imported)

By reducing the amount of pesticides you ingest, you reduce your risk of health consequences. Although the jury is still out on the exact risks, it seems obvious that less pesticide and chemical consumption equals more likelihood of health and wellness. Going organic benefits your body as well as the planet. Studies have shown that pesticides contaminate ground water and promote soil erosion.

Bottom line: avoid the "Dirty Dozen" and try to purchase organic versions of the foods you eat most frequently.

As a Life & Wellness Coach, Psychotherapist, and Personal Fitness Trainer, Coach Jenn A. Nocera, MA, MFT, CLSC, CPFT works with clients to redesign their lifestyle habits. She can work with you to evaluate the habits that are working for you and those that are simply ineffective and unhealthy. She will help you set goals and develop action plans to attain them. Those who decide to make physical exercise and healthy eating a "must" reap benefits in all areas of their lives — they become more energetic, look better, feel more confident, and become more effective in all they do! Contact Jenna at 732-842-3515 or visit

Comments (1)
1 Friday, 29 October 2010 09:39
Carlos Mendieta
I probably wouldn't have thought much about this save for the fact that I eat 10 of the 12 foods listed in this article on a regular basis. How much pesticide am I consuming daily? monthly? Its a little scary and the little extra money spent on the organics will be worth it. Thanks.

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