At Sanoviv, every ingredient of every meal we serve our guests is organic.  We grow our own organic wheatgrass indoors, and outdoors there is an organic garden in our front lawn.  We buy our animal protein only from certified organic farmers.  We do, however, understand that it can be difficult to replicate this approach in your home.

Here is a list from the Environmental Working Group of the top 12 best and worst foods as measured by pesticides found in supermarket varieties.  As you make the step towards eating organic foods, the selections below are an excellent choice.  Regular varieties of the following fruits and vegetables put you at high risk for ingesting pesticides. 

Celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries, nectarines, bell peppers, spinach, cherries, kale/collard greens, potatoes, grapes not grown in the USA or France.  Fresh herbs, unless labeled organic, are often rife with pesticides.  Great article here on ten foods worth investing in to buy organic.

The foods lowest in pesticides are onions, avocado, sweet corn, pineapple, mangos, sweet peas, asparagus, kiwi, cabbage, eggplant, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapefruit, sweet potato, honeydew, melon.

Gentle guidelines for your shopping, and perhaps for your garden.  Fruit trees, strawberry patches, and herb gardens are relatively easy to grow in pots or the earth, and will serve you and your loved ones for many years.  And the taste of fresh food grown in or near your home is unforgettable.

Every time you can substitute organic for foods grown with pesticides, you help your body by giving it a chemical rest.  And you send the message that clean food is important.  Now that’s a healthy way to begin your week … and the rest of your life.