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Tomatoes with Low Pesticide Residue? Mon 18th Jun, 2012 - 6:42am by Emma Cockrell

  Over recent years tomatoes have swung between the ‘dirty dozen’ list and the ‘Clean Fifteen’. Currently US data puts them as ‘clean’, with a relatively low level of pesticide residue, but results in the UK may well be different. If I am not using home-grown tomatoes ( you may still be able to pick […]

Papaya and Watermelon in the Clean Fifiteen Fri 15th Jun, 2012 - 9:39am by Emma Cockrell

  The thick skin of the papaya and the tough rind of the watermelon provide a natural defence to any chemicals. It is always a good idea to wash well before slicing to prevent the transfer of any pesticide residue, dirt or bacteria from the knife onto the flesh. While we are considering these fruits […]

Why our Food is Making us Fat Tue 12th Jun, 2012 - 7:40am by Emma Cockrell

A helpful article in the Guardian, reporting on just some of the issues with sugar. I have copied extracts below.   … On average, in the UK, we are all – every man, woman and child – three stone heavier than we were in the mid-60s. We haven’t noticed it happening, but this glacial shift has been […]

Aubergine is 'Clean' Mon 11th Jun, 2012 - 4:33pm by Emma Cockrell

  Aubergine is apparently  is among the vegetables least likely contaminated by pesticides. As part of the night shade family with tomatoes, peppers and potatoes, some people may find they feel better without including these vegetables in the diet.  Get in touch if you think they may be factoring in your current health status.  For […]

Cabbage in the Clean Fifteen Mon 11th Jun, 2012 - 8:15am by Emma Cockrell

  Cabbage is a crop which simply requires less pesticide spraying, therefore carries a low pesticide residue, putting it into the ‘clean fifteen’.  Cabbage comes in a number of varieties including red, green and savoy, and regularly including each of them may provide a cross section of glucosinolates. Glucosinolates are found in broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower […]

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 […]