Renewing the Mind, Body, and Spirit through juicing

Juicing with Organic Kale

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2 Organic Kale leaves

Handful of beet greens

1 Apple

1/2 Lime

1 Squash

1 inch size Ginger

1 Celery Stalk

1/4 Cucumber

1 Garlic Clove

1 slice of Scallion

1 Tbsp Flaxseed

1 Tbsp Goji Berries

1 Tbsp Hemp Seeds

Water

Which foods should we buy organic?

The Environmental Protection Agency reports that the majority of pesticides now in use are probable or possible cancer causes. Studies of farm workers who work with pesticides suggest a link between pesticide use and brain cancer, Parkinson’s disease, multiple myeloma, leukemia, lymphoma and cancers of the stomach and prostate.

The question remains, however, does the low level of pesticides remaining on our food present much of a risk? Some scientists argue that the extremely low level of pesticide residue remaining on produce is insignificant and that there are naturally occurring toxins in all natural foods that are more significant. The large amount of studies performed on the typical pesticide treated produce have demonstrated that consumption of produce, whether organic or not, is related to lower rates of cancer and increased disease protection. The health benefits of eating phytochemical rich produce greatly outweigh any risk pesticide residues might pose. Certainly, it is better to eat fruits and vegetables grown and harvested using pesticides than to not eat them at all, but it is also wise to minimize our pesticide exposure.

Buying organic is a wise choice – organic foods taste better, and organic agriculture protects farmers and our environment.

An Environmental working group provides lists of produce called the “Dirty Dozen” (highest in pesticides) and the “Clean 15″  (lowest in pesticides). These are their most recent lists.

Highest in pesticides – buy organic if possible “Dirty Dozen”

1. Celery

2. Peaches

3. Strawberries

4. Apples

5. Blueberries

6. Nectarines

7. Bell Peppers

8. Spinach

9. Kale

10. Cherries

11. Potatoes

12. Grapes (imported)

Lowest in pesticides – “Clean 15”

1. Onion

2. Avocado

3. Sweet corn

4. Pineapple

5. Mango

6. Sweet peas

7. Asparagus

8. Kiwi

9. Cabbage

10. Eggplant

11. Cantaloupe

12. Watermelon

13. Grapefruit

14. Sweet potato

15. Honeydew melon

source:  Joel Fuhrman M.D.

 

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