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The Clean 15 and the Dirty Dozen

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Much of the produce that is sold today in supermarkets is supplied from farmers who practice conventional farming methods using chemical fertilizers as well as pesticides and herbicides. As we expose ourselves to these synthetic substances over the years, our bodies become overloaded, and our ‘cleaning’ mechanisms fail to work. As a result, many of us develop sickness and disease because our bodies cannot efficiently remove these toxins anymore.

Pesticides are poisons designed to kill insects, plants, fungi, moulds and rodents. Even when used as directed, pesticides have many negative side effects on human health and the environment.

Some pesticides accumulate in the fatty tissues interfering with growth, reproduction and behavior. Repeated exposure to pesticides has been linked to neurological problems, brain and lung cancer, immune suppression, leukaemia, Parkinson’s disease, kidney damage, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and reproductive disorders, including endocrine disruption, low sperm count, and sterility.

Pesticide contamination tests on popular fruits and vegetables are regularly performed on produce after it has been rinsed or peeled – the results of which should help you decide where to best spend your organic food dollars.

The Clean 15: Onions, sweet corn, pineapples, avocado, asparagus, sweet peas, mangos, eggplant, cantaloupe, kiwi, cabbage, watermelon, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, mushrooms.

The Dirty Dozen: Apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, grapes, bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce, kale.

Conventionally grown is better than not at all but choose organic from the dirty dozen when you can. The benefit of fruits and vegetables outweigh the risk from pesticides even if they’re not organic.

“The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years.”  ~Deepak Chopra

Halloween Candy Tips

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Enjoy Halloween candy, the right way!

Americans buy almost 600 MILLION POUNDS of candy every Halloween! That’s a lot of candy!

Your child’s trick-or-treat bag can possibly contain 4,800 calories and around 3 cups of sugar, if they do it right!

Do you (when you sneak and eat the candy) and your child a favor by giving them better options.

Not So Good Choices:

  • 1 full size Babe Ruth candy bar has 280 That’s equal to a single-patty hamburger!
  • 1 fun size Kit-Kat has 210
  • 1 fun size Twix is 125
  • A Halloween favorite Candy Corn has 150 calories per ounce!
  • 1 ounce of Twizzlers is 101
  • 3 Jolly Ranchers are 70 calories all together!
  • 1 Dum-Dum pop is 27
  • 1 roll of Smarties is 25
  • 1 Hershey Kiss is 22
  • 1 Starburst (just one, not the pack) is 20

*Hard candies are a good choice because they take longer to consume which makes it less likely that you will consume a lot of them.

**Also, fruit leathers are a good choice if you want to go a healthier route.hardcandy

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