On organic food, keep away from the 'Dirty Dozen' for your health
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This letter is in response to the Sept. 4 article "Study Questions Advantages of Eating Organic." The article failed to mention the concept of the "Dirty Dozen" and the "Clean 15." This means that there are certain foods that you can get by with -- and not be too concerned if they are organic -- and there are other foods you can't.
For instance the Dirty Dozen are what you should almost always eat organic, such as apples, bell peppers, celery, cucumbers, grapes, lettuce, peaches and strawberries. With the Clean 15, it does not matter that much if they're organic or not -- asparagus, avocado, cabbage, kiwi, grapefruit, sweet potatoes, corn and watermelon.
Also, pesticides in the body act as xenoestrogens, which mimic estrogen in the body. This is not a good thing for men to be exposed to and also for women to be exposed to (excessive estrogen).
Try an experiment for yourself. Eat an organic apple vs. a conventional apple and see how you feel and see how it tastes. That to me is the ultimate proof.
EUGENE M. GOLDBERG
First Published September 11, 2012 12:00 am