One of the best resources for healthy living is the Environmental Working Group aka EWG. The EWG has research-driven information that helps us make intelligent purchasing decisions on food, as well as products for the body and home. What I appreciate about the EWG resources is that I can keep eating what I love, and using everyday essentials like toothpaste, deodorant, and laundry detergent with peace of mind in knowing that I am using products with all the good stuff, without the bad.
Each year the EWG updates the Dirty Dozen. The Dirty Dozen is a list of the twelve fruits and vegetables that have the most toxic pesticide residues. All of these great foods are wonderful to eat, but using the guidance of informed research, these are the ones you want to buy organically grown whenever possible. Conversely, the EWG also gives us the Clean Fifteen, fifteen foods that are relatively safe to buy from conventionally grown non-organic sources.
The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen are essential resources to healthy living and let us create demand by voting with our wallets. Bon appetit!