It’s impossible to eat 100% organic & clean all the time. I know from experience- I have tried to do it and it’s very hard. Instead of looking for all organic foods, I now look out for what ‘not to buy’ to guide me through my grocery shopping. For those of you that are new to clean eating, this list of the top 5 dirtiest foods from Divas Can Cook will be a helpful starter guide for you. Most surprising item on the list: peaches! To read the full article click HERE.
I LOVE peaches and usually buy them from the grocery store so I wasn’t thrilled to hear about this one! Peach skins are loaded with pesticides to keep them looking all pretty and stuff. The USDA says on average, a single peach can have as many as nine different pesticides. Buying organic is the best option, although they may not be as pretty and blemish free. I’m ok with that.
I can’t remember what I read about eggs a few years ago that made me to start raising my own chickens. The saying “healthy chickens lay healthy eggs” is so true. I can certainly tell the difference in the taste of my free-ranged chicken eggs and the ones in the supermaket. Chickens are severely mistreated in these huge “mills” and often pumped with a ton of hormones in order to crank out tons of eggs in a day. So not normal! If you can’t raise your own chickens or buy from a local organic hatchery, it’s worth it to pay a lil extra for organic eggs at the supermarket. Make sure that the carton says free-ranged and organic. Also be sure to inspect all the eggs in the carton to make sure there are no tiny cracks or leaks.
The FDA sampled domestically grown cantaloupe and found that 3.5 percent carried Salmonella and Shigella. Shigella is passed from person to person. Always wash your hands after touching produce in the supermarket and always scrub your canteloupe really well. 7 percent of imported melons tested positive for both. Now ….I’m not one to trust the FDA too much, so when they give out a number for something I usually multiply a few times.
Ok so apparently Consumer Reports tested 484 raw broiler chicken (the kind found in the grocery stores) and found that 42 percent were infected with Camplybacter (I don’t know what the crap that is but I’m sure I don’t want to eat it ) and 12 percent with Salmenella entrerides. If you are buying from a supermarket, choose organic, free-ranged chickens. Chickens that are kept in close quarters allows for diseases to breed and grow. They do cost more, but worth it in my opinion. Also be careful to not cross-contaminate. Here is how myself and other readers prep their raw chicken to prevent cross-contamination.
Contaminated lettuce made up 11 percent of reported food-poisoning outbreaks from 1990 to 2002. Salad accounted for 28 percent! Never trust the “triple washed” saying on some packages. One mediocre home washing could be equivalent to their “triple washing” standards. So be sure to thoroughly wash all greens. Prepped bagged greens are no better than the loose ones. Buy organic and local if possible and wash them at home.
- This information and these images are from DivasCanCook.com!