(Note: bell peppers = peppers; corn = sweetcorn; eggplant = aubergine; sweet peas = peas)
If you haven’t come across these before, they’re simple lists of the fruit and veg containing the highest levels of pesticides (the Dirty Dozen) and those with very few contaminants (the Clean Fifteen). By choosing organic when buying the produce on the Dirty Dozen list, you can substantially reduce your overall intake of pesticides.
If you click over to the EWG website, you can print off a copy of the lists to carry with you when shopping; or, even more convenient, there are smartphone apps available (they’re free) so that all the information is just a click away.
Once you have all your lovely organic and uncontaminated produce, you may like to know that this coming Wednesday (11th July) is International Raw Food Day (IRFD). To take part, all you have to do is eat lots of scrummy, fresh, living food for 24 hours!
I’ve long been an advocate of raw food and its amazing ability to transform both our health and our state of mind. If you’d like to incorporate more living foods into your diet but are unsure where to begin, the IRFD website has a free handbook you can download; as well as special offers on some really useful books.
Karen Knowler - the expert behind the day - really knows her stuff and has a particular talent for making things simple and accessible. If you want to give raw a whirl, this could be a great place to start.