The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released 2012 updates to the Dirty Dozen—a list of the 12 most pesticide-contaminated fruits and vegetables—adding cucumbers to the list, in addition to a new “plus” category to indicate produce that didn’t meet the Dirty Dozen criteria, but are still contaminated with organophosphate insecticides, which are toxic to the nervous system. Most of the list is the same as in years past, but this year the EWG says to watch out for cucumbers, leafy greens like kale and collard greens, and green beans. More
Topic: dirty dozen
Sometimes, it’s hard to be a consumer. Giving all your love to just the right kind of products isn’t simple or cheap, so we rely hard on lists like “the dirty dozen” to make us smarter shoppers. We’re thrilled to find a dirty dozen list for our cosmetics; when it comes to shampoo and eyeshadow, it’s hard to remember which chemicals we should care about (or even how to pronounce them). The David Suzuki foundation, a charitable Canadian group dedicated to environmental conservation and education, finally made a list to help us decipher what we should toss out of our medicine cabinets. More
Food & Water Watch just released the 2010 Smart Seafood Guide, which names its own Dirty Dozen – just like the 12 fruits and vegetables you should always buy organic. It’s made up of seafood that doesn’t meet at least two of the criteria created by Food & Water Watch, which focused on health issues, socioeconomic impact, and sustainability:
1. King crab: Despite being fished domestically, the bulk of king crab in the U.S. is imported from Russia, and isn’t well-regulated.
2. Caviar from beluga: This coveted species is often overfished and poached.
3. Atlantic bluefin tuna: These fish could be contaminated with mercury and PCB — plus, they’re overfished. More
Unfortunately, eating traditionally healthy foods may not help you lose weight anymore. According to an article from Women on the Web, traditional dieting doesn’t work anymore. Why? Because of all of the endocrine-disrupting chemicals in our food and food products. … More
Losing weight might boil down to a simple “calories in, calories out” equation, but the speedier your metabolism, the more that equation works in your favor. Not sure what to do beyond your regular workout and low-calorie meal? Check out … More
Buying the best produce is confusing, with labels like organic and local to consider (not to mention price tags). The Dirty Dozen, a list of twelve fruits and vegetables that rank highest in pesticides, helps clarify which produce you should … More
How much do you really know about your health? Our daily Health Smarts Quiz will test your knowledge. Answer our question, below, and check back tomorrow for the correct answer and your next pop quiz. Today’s Question: Sometimes you just … More
How much do you really know about your health? Our daily Health Smarts Quiz will test your knowledge. Answer our question, below, and check back tomorrow for the correct answer and your next pop quiz. Today’s Question: We’ve talked about … More
Organic shoppers know that many vegetables have a lot of harmful pesticides on them. But for once, ther’s good news in the world of safer produce: Endosulfan is going to be banned by the EPA. Endosulfan is closely related to … More
“Is organic worth it?” is a common refrain among conscious shoppers, and the answer tends to be hazy: It depends on where you live, the cost difference, what your priorities are, and what you’re buying. But the Environmental Working Group … More