This Superfood Made The ‘Dirty Dozen’ List, And It’s Probs In Your Fridge Right Now

by | Mar 22, 2019

Today the Environmental Working Group released this year’s update to their Shopper’s Guide to Produce. Their “Dirty Dozen” list ranks the pieces of produce that, according to their analysis, turn up with the highest concentration of pesticides and/or the greatest number of different pesticides.

The screaming headline from this year’s Dirty Dozen: After strawberries and spinach, kale comes in as the third “dirtiest” fruit or vegetable.




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Everyone’s beloved leafy green superfood—found everywhere from farmers’ markets to Sumo Salad—is a newcomer to the Dirty Dozen list this year. According to EWG, the USDA hadn’t tested kale in a decade. What they discovered is that more than 90 per cent of tested samples of kale had two or more pesticide residues—and multiple kale samples had 18 different pesticides.

Does this mean we should all stop eating kale? (Gasp.)

“I am not at all compelled by the percentage of samples that contain pesticide residue. The amount of residue is what’s important, not just that they are detected. Calling out detected residue is alarmist,” Tom Brenna, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics and of Human Nutrition at University of Texas at Austin. “The value of consumers who buy organic is to maintain the pressure on growers, processors, and vendors to keep residues low. That’s a good thing,” adds Brennan.

Basically, your thyroid will likely burn out from all of the kale you would have to eat before any lingering pesticide on the kale harms you.

There’s also research that shows some people think eating non-organic foods is actually bad for you. Uh-huh, yep. But, no, it’s not true.

“The study—out of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health—found that many people thought organic was an important factor in whether a particular food item was healthy, and some participants associated negative health outcomes with consuming non-organic foods,” says Tamika Sims, Ph.D., Director, Food Technology Communications at the International Food Information Council Foundation.

Bottom line: Don’t let the Dirty Dozen dominate your produce selection decision-making, especially if you can’t afford or find organic versions of strawberries, spinach, kale, etc. The benefits of eating a produce-packed diet, organic or conventional, far outweigh the “risk” of any possible pesticide exposure.

This article originally appeared on Men’s Health US

  is the co-owner of Mohr Results, Inc a well-being consulting company.

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What is your experience with miscarriage?

I have lost 3 babies to miscarriage, my first was a missed miscarriage - I walked into a scan expecting to show my then-toddler her baby sibling on the screen only to be met with 'I'm sorry there is no heartbeat.' I had to endure a weekend with that baby dead inside of me before I could be fitted in for a D&C.

My next miscarriage happened 6 months later - I started to bleed on holiday with friends, I told no one, I was deeply ashamed. I passed that baby alone in the shower at 3am, forever traumatised as I had to flush the remains down the toilet.

My final loss was just last year another miscarriage I started to spot and I just knew, the Doctor that saw me this time asked if we could see a flicker on the screen she thought there was a heartbeat, astounded we asked for a second opinion, where it was confirmed my baby had died.

How did you process the trauma?

With my first two losses, I didn't cope. I poured everything into Pink Elephants and having another baby. I had another pregnancy but was completely terrified the whole time, I didn't bond with this baby, no names, no gender reveal, wearing a brave face every day pretending I was grateful. When Johnny was 4 months old it all caught up with me: I had postpartum anxiety and post-traumatic stress as a result of my losses and not processing the trauma. With counselling and medication, I began to heal and process my losses. My loss last year was different: I took bereavement leave, I gave myself permission to grieve our baby girl and mourn my future with her. I spoke with others in our community, I went back to counselling, and I took the time I needed to start to heal.

How did you get the courage to launch Pink Elephants?

I don't think it was courage, in the beginning, I think it was my anger at the lack of support and validation that I chose to channel into something positive.

I never want my daughter to go through what I did in the way I did. Women deserve so much more than what we currently get.

Last year took courage to come back and work in this space again after bereavement leave - the physical and emotional pain was real, the triggers of other women's stories are real but they are also cathartic. As is the change we create, I feel like my work is meaningful and makes a difference that's what carries me on, I know we can do so much more with the right support alongside us.

I want to next see more targeted action from our government - in particular the Department of Health - in addressing this issue. It's no longer ok to turn a blind eye to the death of our babies, our trauma, and our poor mental health because of the system failing us.

How can we support a friend that has been through loss like this?

You can be there for her, you can validate her loss, don't reduce it to 'at least' comments. You can't take away her pain but you can provide a safe space for her to share and feel listened to, empathised with, and supported. Like any other bereavement send flowers, we have collaborated on a LVLY nurture flower posy as a way to do this. Remember there is no timeline to grief and it's ok for her to still be upset for many months after, remember her due date, acknowledge it at the time, support her through other friends' baby showers.

How can women experiencing miscarriage access support?

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