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Kiwi in the Clean Fifteen Fri 8th Jun, 2012 - 8:31am by Emma Cockrell

  The coarse peel of a Kiwi provides a protective barrier from pesticides. Rinsing the fruit before cutting limits the transfer of any residue or bacteria. Kiwis are not suitable for anyone following Nutritionhelp recommendations, but they make a good dessert or snack for family and friends. Children enjoy scooping out the flesh of a […]

DRUGS FOUND IN BABY FOODS AND POWDERED MILK Thu 7th Jun, 2012 - 8:45am by Emma Cockrell

While we are considering the benefits and balances of whether to use organic produce or not, I thought this article by What Doctors Don’t Tell You e-news was helpful. It highlights research showing drug residue in baby foods. To avoid this drug residue in meat-based baby foods either by organic brands or make your own. […]

Asparagus in the Clean Fifteen Thu 7th Jun, 2012 - 8:30am by Emma Cockrell

  Asparagus faces relatively fewer threats from pests and diseases, so the level of pesticides needed for healthy growth is not very high.  This puts asparagus into the top fifteen ‘clean’ vegetables with the lowest pesticide residue. Those who are following a Nutritionhelp programme, and endeavouring to encourage friendly bacteria in the gut may like to […]

Peas are 'Clean' Wed 6th Jun, 2012 - 1:15pm by Emma Cockrell

  The pod provides a protective layer for the peas, against pesticide residue, making peas a ‘clean’ vegetable that you don’t have to buy organic in order to avoid pesticides. Fresh peas are only available in shops for a few weeks a year. Look for green peas with pods that are full, heavy in hands and […]

Pineapple and Mango in the Clean Fifteen Wed 30th May, 2012 - 8:01am by Emma Cockrell

The flesh of pineapple and mango is protected from pesticide residue by the thick skin, making these fruits a good choice if you can’t buy organic.  You do want to give them a good rinse to keep the flesh clean while cutting however. These fruits are not suitable for most people who are following Nutritionhelp recommendations, but […]

Sweetcorn in Clean Fifteen Tue 29th May, 2012 - 8:23am by Emma Cockrell

  Although sweetcorn may take a good deal of fertilizer to grow, pesticide residue on the kernels is low. Yellow corn contains antioxidant carotenoids and is a source of both soluble and insoluble  fibre. The soluble fibre in corn may support the growth of friendly bacteria in our large intestine and may also be metabolised by intestinal bacteria into short chain […]

Avocados are 'Clean' Fri 25th May, 2012 - 8:38am by Emma Cockrell

  The thick skins on avocados form a protective layer against pesticides, preventing an accumulation of residue, bringing this fruit into the clean fifteen. My love for avocado only increased while I was in Africa, with large fruits growing in gardens and whole bowlfuls being sold for around 75p! Avocado.org list some great nutritional benefits of avocado: Avocados […]

The Clean Fifteen Wed 23rd May, 2012 - 7:59am by Emma Cockrell

Having looked at the vegetables and fruit with the highest pesticide residue, we are now going to turn our attention to those foods carrying the least pesticides. This may either be that they are a fairly resistant crop, therefore requiring less spraying with pesticides, or that they have thick skins, and outer layers that need […]

A Bakers Dozen with Collard Greens Tue 22nd May, 2012 - 6:44am by Emma Cockrell

  In recording the dozen produce foods to avoid in order to significantly reduce the level of pesticide residue that we consume, we come to a joint 12th place with Collard Greens. This leafy vegetable has been found to carry more than 45 pesticides. Look out for organic suppliers or swap to the more resistant […]

Statins for Healthy People? Sat 19th May, 2012 - 8:30am by Emma Cockrell

  With the media talking about a proposal for the increased use of statins, this post from Dr Briffa is very helpful: I’ve had a few emails today alerting me to reports of a study concerning the use of statins in healthy individuals. The study in question is a meta-analysis (grouping together of similar studies) of statin trials […]