The Clean 15 And Dirty 13 Of Produce

When "hormone-disrupting chemicals" come to mind, food is one of the more obvious culprits. Luckily, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has made our lives a little bit easier by putting together a list of the most heavily sprayed produce each year as well as a list of the least sprayed produce. This is a great way to prioritize which produce you will buy organic, and which produce you can get away with non-organic, if needed.

Clean 15:

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapple
  4. Sweet Peas
  5. Papayas
  6. Onions
  7. Eggplant
  8. Asparagus
  9. Kiwi
  10. Cabbage
  11. Cauliflower
  12. Cantaloupe
  13. Broccoli
  14. Mushrooms
  15. Honeydew

Dirty 13:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes
  13. Hot Peppers

Animal products are another critical area to look at for hormone-disrupting chemicals. Commercially-raised meat and dairy products contain significant levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals. I recommend always purchasing organic meat and dairy products.

If this is not available to you, getting leaner cuts of meat and reduced-fat dairy can help minimize exposure. This is the only time you will hear me say to reduce your fat. We need adequate levels of fat for healthy hormones.

To read more posts about eliminating toxins from your life, check out our dedicated section to the topic on our blog, Period Matters.

This is an excerpt from a post written by Amanda Montalvo, RD, FDN-P, an Integrative Dietitian that runs Your Non Toxic Life: a blog, nutrition consulting service, and Facebook group that helps women detoxify their minds and bodies and balance their hormones. Abridged content curated and edited by Nayla Al-Mamlouk.

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