Which Fruits and Vegetables Are Best to Buy Organic?

Which Fruits and Vegetables Are Best to Buy Organic?

At Body Catalyst we believe that good health comes from within, and being mindful about what we put into our bodies is essential for our wellbeing and vitality. Our team of therapists come from a range of different health backgrounds, our nutritionists and dieticians look at the science of food, naturopaths consider the vital force of produce and our qualified yoga teachers will be able to explain about prana, or life energy that we can balance with correct diet. No matter what our guiding philosophies on food and nutrition, one thing that we all agree on is that fresh organic produce, grown without harmful chemicals and pesticides is the best option for our bodies.

The use of chemicals and pesticides for the cultivation of produce

In conventional cultivation of produce there are so many chemicals used that are known to have serious detrimental effects on health and scarily, according to The Organic Place there are over 80 pesticides used in Australia that are banned in other countries.

This includes 17 pesticides that have the potential to cause cancer, 48 that are potential hormone disrupters, and 30 that are classified as either extremely dangerous or highly hazardous by the World Health Organisation. These pesticides are used on foods we consume every day- fruits, vegetables, grains and more. Some of the most common pesticides and their side effects as listed on Organic Authority are:

  • Glyphosate (commonly referred to as RoundUp) has been linked to birth defects, infertility and possibly cancer.
  • Atrazine is known to be an endocrine disruptor and exposure has also been linked to increase risk of birth defects, infertility and possibly cancer.
  • Chlorpyrifo; even low dose exposure to this chemical can present symptoms such as headaches, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea and blurred vision.
  • Metolachlor is recognised by the EPA as cancer causing. Other side effects include difficulty breathing, nausea, convulsions and jaundice.
  • Metam sodium, the side effects of this widely used fumigant and pesticide include nausea, difficulty breathing, vomiting, damage to thyroid, hormone disruption and birth defects.

This is why there is such a growing need and emphasis for organics in the wellness industry.

However, we know from our own lifestyles and those of our clients that it’s not always the most convenient or cost effective option to shop organic, which is why we often refer to the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen when it comes to grocery shopping.

This is an annual list produced by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) that reveals the produce that is the most heavily sprayed with chemicals (The Dirty Dozen) and the cleanest (Clean Fifteen).

When to opt for organic versus conventionally grown

It’s a helpful guide to know which fruits and vegetables you should opt for organic and those that are fine to buy conventionally grown.

The EWG’s list for 2019 has been released and there are some usual culprits (we’re looking at you strawberries!) and some more surprising entries. And as if avocados couldn’t get any better, they are at the top of the Clean Fifteen again this year!

EWG’s Dirty Dozen 2019

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Potatoes

EWG’s Clean Fifteen 2019

  • Avocados
  • Sweet corn
  • Pineapples
  • Sweet peas frozen
  • Onions
  • Papayas
  • Eggplants
  • Asparagus
  • Kiwis
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Cantaloupes
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Honeydew melons

*Handy tip – Print the lists and keep them on your fridge as a reminder before you go shopping.

For more information on fat loss, nutrition or overall wellness please contact one of our qualified Body Catalyst therapists to book your free consultation.