Does ‘The Dirty Dozen & The Clean 15’ Affect Weight Loss?

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Recently my nose has been stuck in a book called ‘Master Your Metabolism’ by Jillian Michaels and Mariska van Aalst. Something that has really stuck out to me is that you can work your butt off in the gym, but a little thing called the ‘Dirty Dozen and Clean 15’ could be holding you back from reaching your goals!

The ‘Dirty Dozen’ and ‘Clean 15’ refer to the fruits and vegetables that are the most/least contaminated by pesticide use. Pesticides are toxic, and different types of ones have been linked to a variety of health problems, including hormone disruption, cancer, brain toxicity…and weight gain!!! A common herbicide (a type of pesticide), atrazine, was shown to cause weight gain in a study published by the Seoul National University College of Medicine. Not only did the mice gain weight, but also had an increase in tummy fat. Increased tummy fat in humans leads to a greater risk of heart disease and other health issues.

Atrazine is one of the most common pesticides used on crops, especially sweet corn. There is currently no feasible alternative for weed control in sweet corn production. Until other methods are discovered or there is a ban, atrazine use will continue.

So why not just avoid this nasty pesticide and the many other harmful ones out there? Well, one common concern for most people is COST! Organic food is pricey, I couldn’t agree more, but today we’re going to talk about the 12 most contaminated foods ‘The Dirty Dozen’ which should always be bought organic, and the ‘Clean 15’ which you don’t have to worry as much about! *Note – Organic is not only better for us, but it’s better for the planet and future generations. So while there is a list of “Clean 15? foods, I still encourage you to buy organic as often as possible.

 

The Dirty Dozen – ALWAYS BUY IN ORGANIC!
Apples – shiny is not good, yet it appeals more to the eye
Celery
Sweet bell peppers
Peaches
Strawberries
Nectarines
Grapes
Spinach
Lettuce
Cucumbers
Blueberries
Potatoes

The Clean 15 – LOWEST IN PESTICIDES (notice many of these have thicker skin, therefore the pesticides can’t creep in)
Onions
Sweet Corn
Pineapples
Avocado
Cabbage
Sweet peas
Asparagus
Mangoes
Eggplant
Kiwi
Cantaloupe
Sweet potatoes
Grapefruit
Watermelon
Mushrooms

 

The easiest way I do this?

-My boyfriend and I love blueberries, so his Nonna bought flats of organic ones while they were in season in the summer. She then freezed them, and I have them in my shakes for breakfast every morning!

-This past weekend we went to a pumpkin patch that had a little market. Farmers Markets are an eye-opening experience and you can talk to the farmers first-hand and get to know them, ask questions and really know what you are eating.

-Lastly, if we all start buying more organic…guess what happens? The cost will go down! It’s only a matter of time!