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Organic and the “Dirty Dozen”

Since I started my “going green” journey I have been wanting to get everything organic that I can! Unfortunately, financially it’s not possible right now. I do buy some things organic and all of LA’s baby food is organic, whether I make it or use pouches (like our new favorites, Ella’s Kitchen) or jars. I started researching making baby food a few months ago and found some very interesting information.

I was searching for all kinds of apps on my iPhone when I got it in January and I came across some about making baby food! They have apps for everything! ūüôā I found this app called “Super Baby Food” by Ruth Yaron. I want to directly quote a paragraph from this app because I found it very interesting:

“Another problem with pesticides and your baby is this: Your baby eats much more food per pound of body weight than adults do, so pesticides get more concetrated in her little body. Babies are especially vulnerable to pesticides because their immune system, their organs, and their developing brains are so immature.”

This information really made me sit back and think about what we are putting into our children’s bodies. I also also heard that the number one killer of our children these days is cancer. It made me wonder if the two are linked.¬†I worry about things like these and that’s why I give LA¬†organic baby food. I wish, wish, wish we could eat only organic in our home. We are slowly making changes and watching¬†for sales and making these changes where we can, when we can.

Another thing I found interesting from this “Super Baby Food” app¬†was some information on the “Dirty Dozen”. It specifically stated that if you cannot afford to buy everything organic, these are the¬†twelve things you should definitely¬†get organic. ¬†These foods have much higher pesticide levels than others. The twelve foods that are most contaminated and that you should buy organic are: peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, pears, grapes (imported), spinach, lettuce, potatoes. The twelve least contaminated and cleanest foods are: onions, avacodo, sweet corn (frozen), pineapples, mango, asparagus, sweet peas (frozen), kiwi fruit, bananas, cabbage, broccoli and papaya. Something to keep in mind is the foods that have ticker peels or grow higher off of the ground and away from soil have less pesticides than foods with soft peels and foods that grow close to the ground.

I just wanted to share this info with all of you about the “Dirty Dozen”. Like I said, we cannot afford all organic in our home right now, but I do keep this information about the “Dirty¬†Dozen”¬†in mind when buying produce. I’m not an expert at all, but if you have any questions, please post here and I will try to find an answer if I don’t know it.

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  1. drk_cyde says:

    I’m visiting again. ūüôā Thanks for this post – even though I knew a lot of it, it was great reading it again, as it’ll be fresh in my mind again. We are the same way, trying to make little change where we can and get organic food, especially for the babes. Hope your breastfeeding is still going well!


  2. Little Tiny Love says:

    MAN is it good to know this! I’m going to start making and freezing our baby food in about a month now that Turtle-Love is four months… yikes!

  3. Mrs.Smitty says:

    Thanks for the reminder! It makes me glad we consume a lot of mango, asparagus, kiwi & bananas! Although we also consume a lot of apples, grapes, strawberries & peaches as well.

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  5. Zephyr Hill says:

    This is such useful information because it’s so true that many American families would like to be greener and buy organic but the cost can be daunting sometimes.

    Anne Sweden

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