The Dirty Dozen: 12 Foods You Should Always Buy Organic

The Environmental Working Group put together the “dirty dozen” list of fruits and vegetables that carry higher levels of pesticide residue.  These are the produce items that you should always buy organic, especially if you have children at home.  Pesticides are just one type of obesogen, or chemical that mimic estrogen within the body and disrupt our endocrine system.  Obesogens trick the body into storing more fat, slowing down metabolism, and turning on the hunger signals more often.  This basically means that you could eat as “healthy” as possible, exercise like a champ, and still have trouble losing weight.  

Of course, pesticides can cause a host of other health problems as well.  Pesticide exposure has been linked with cancer, lower sperm count, ADHD, and mood/emotional disorders.  This week, be sure to purchase these items from the organic produce section:

Dirty Dozen

  1. Peaches
  2. Apples
  3. Bell peppers
  4. Celery
  5. Nectarines
  6. Strawberries
  7. Cherries
  8. Kale
  9. Lettuce
  10. Imported grapes
  11. Carrots
  12. Pears

Endocrine disrupters are the primary reason that eating organic foods can help you maintain healthy weight.  Even the White House acknowledges the importance of avoiding obesogens in the effort to help decrease childhood obesity.  I’l’l write more about obesogens next time to help you avoid the other endocrine disrupters floating around our homes.  Until then….ciao!


  1. Great list of food to buy organic. Thanks

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