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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Do Looks Matter & The Dirty & Clean 15

Do looks matter? Why am I asking you this? Because as I was compiling this list of food below, it got me to thinking about this: I think that it is often not even the price that makes us avoid organics but the look. Sometimes the foods not treated with pesticides look so, let’s say, homely. They are not perfectly shiny, even colored and spotless. We all know that our society is obsessed with the physical appearance of people but it is also true for our food? I am not simply talking about how food is styled but the more natural look of foods.

What are your thoughts? Do you not purchase some organic foods because of their appearance?

Next topic: What are the most important foods to buy organic, in order to minimize your exposure to toxic pesticides? The daily green tells us:

The Dirty Dozen: Top 12 Foods to Eat Organic:
Coffee—and you should look for the fair trade label
Sweet Bell Peppers
Leafy Greens
Potatoes* (just removed off this dirty dozen but so new that these folks keep on the list)
Tomatoes** just removed off this dirty dozen but so new that these folks keep on the list)

Funny part is their article says dirty dozen but there are 15 on the list....should I let them know?
The Clean 15: Foods You Don't Have to Buy Organic
Sweet Corn
Sweet Peas
Sweet Potato

What other ones have you seen recommended for either list?


Chow and Chatter said...

i love the way it looks each piece is different

Finsmom said...

Such great info here!
Thanks for sharing!

Cucinista said...

Totally agree. But doesn't anyone else find the unrelenting perfection of industrially farmed fruit and veg just a teensy bit unnerving? My carrots come covered in dirt and knobly -- and fresh from the farm.

lk (Healthy Delicious) said...

I prefer the look of organics. It freaks me out when every piece of fruit looks exactly the same and super shiny. organic food actually looks like well... food!

Mary said...

Thanks for sharing such interesting information with us. I buy organic bur prefer the look of industrial farmed fruits and vegetables.

Veronica said...

I don't mind the fruit looking a little different...I love this time of year when I can just buy a lot of vegetables and fruits at the local farmstands.

TheFitnessFreak said...

Thanks for the updated list! I actually prefer the look of the organic produce in my farmer's market. I get my fruit from the farm stand and LOVE it!

Kathy - Panini Happy said...

Very good info to have! I've been debating whether to switch to organic milk, I think I may finally do it. It was so nice to meet you this weekend, Jennifer!

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