Dirty Dozen / Clean Fifteen – Do You Follow?

In continuation of our last post on the benefits of organic food, see the research from GlobalNews…

Organic foods are grown and harvested without the use of synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizer, growth hormones or antibiotics, irradiation, additives, and are void of genetically modified organisms. In Canada, in order for a product to be deemed organic — at least 95 per cent of that food product must contain organic ingredients. There are strict organic production standards that are followed. Foods in Canada that are organic are identified by bearing the “Canadian Organic” logo.

Many people believe that since you’re cutting out most pesticides with organic fruits and vegetables, they must naturally be healthier. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whether they’re organic or not, is a good idea. Adults should aim to include at least seven to 10 servings per day and remember to always follow these food-handling processes:

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds under warm running water
  • Wash and rinse all produce to reduce pesticide, bacteria, and dirt
  • Discard the outer leaves on lettuce
  • Scrub-thick skinned produce like potatoes
  • Remove visible fat from meat, poultry and fish (some pesticides are stored in animal fat)

The infographic below goes through which fruits and vegetables are considered the best bang for your buck if you’re going to buy organic.

infographic-organic

Info credit to: Globalnews.ca 

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