The Dirty Dozen
We are exposed daily to chemicals in our everyday lives. Everything from toothbrushing in the morning, the micro-heated lunch box in plastic at work and the evening shower with simpler soap and shampoo, make us easy victims of chemical substances. As early as 2000, a report revealed that 90% of the chemicals we humans are exposed to have very little knowledge about. It is not only the chemical pesticides that we need to watch out for, but also substances that we have chosen to accept, such as tattoos with paint or silicone implants. Even though its effects are not immediately noticeable, diseases accelerate slowly and affect our immune system, which often leads to, among other things, autoimmune diseases. The problem with this is that we are rocked in a false sense of security about the so-called limit values as it does not show what happens when several different toxins are mixed and reinforce each other.
Parabens and phthalates
A hot topic right now is the parabens and phthalates found in various beauty products, hygiene items and place packaging. These substances have received attention when it has been realized that the substances have a greater impact on our health than one could have imagined. A woman who wears a light make-up daily is exposed to up to about 250 chemicals, of which 160 of these can be identified in the body on the same day. These chemicals affect the immune system to the extent that they have an effect on, among other things, the thyroid gland, ovaries and testicles and contribute to an increased risk of disease.
Pesticides such as pesticides are the poisons that have received the most attention. The remarkable thing is that even though many of these substances are approved, there is very little knowledge about whether they affect our health. It is difficult to avoid pesticides when we are exposed to them on a daily basis, but to introduce information about which and how much pesticides are in the food we put in us.
Blacklist and options
There are a dozen vegetables and fruits that contain so much pesticide that you as a consumer should only buy the organic version of these. The list includes several of consumers' biggest favorites and also those with a high nutritional content. Here is the list of the twelve most sprayed fruits and vegetables, and also options to replace them with those that have similar benefits in themselves.
|DIRTY DOZEN||CAN BE REPLACED WITH|
|Celery||Orange, banana, kiwi, watermelon, mango|
|Peach||Cantaloupe melon, tangerine, grapefruit|
|Strawberries||Blackberries, wild blueberries, kiwi, orange|
|Apple||Cantaloupe, watermelon, grapefruit|
Carrots, broccoli, radish, wild blueberries
Green peas, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts
Watermelon, raspberries, red currants
Green peas, broccoli, romaine lettuce
|Red pepper||Carrots, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, tomato, asparagus|
|Spinach, salad||Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, parsley|
|Kale||Cress, chard, beetroot blast, cekoria leaves|
|Cherry||Grapefruit, wild blueberries, tangerines, raspberries|
|Cucumber||Thyme, sage, parsley, basil|
|Potatoes, squash||Sweet potatoes, carrots|
|Grapes & wine||Banana, kiwi, watermelon, mango, natural wine|