Friday, October 16, 2009

A Healthy Organic Gluten-free Diet

There is a “dirty dozen” currently amongst are fruits and vegetables. One receives this moniker by being one of the top twelve fruits or vegetables with the highest pesticide load.

We’ve been speaking lately about what a healthy diet entails and the importance of eating organic as much as possible. But what if you can only mostly eat organic? Is there a “Must” category?

Yes. When it comes to the “dirty dozen”, they are so bad that it would be better to forego eating them altogether if you can’t get the organic variety. Here they are:

1. Peach (worst)
2. Apple
3. Sweet Bell Pepper
4. Celery
5. Nectarine
6. Strawberries
7. Cherries
8. Kale
9. Lettuce
10. Grapes – imported
11. Carrot
12. Pear

Some of these are true staples of the American diet. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but better you know the truth than eat the “innocent” apple in ignorance.

If you enjoy fruit like peaches and strawberries, I might suggest the frozen organic variety when they’re not in season fresh. The frozen variety are great for smoothies and available pretty much year round.

Until next time, I wish you good health.

Dr Vikki Petersen
Founder of HealthNOW Medical Center
Co-author of “The Gluten Effect

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