10 Veggies You Don’t Need to Buy Organic

AsparagusWelcome back to WHAT’S ON THE #MENUMONDAY everyone and the third installment of our FIVE PART SERIES on organic produce!

Last week we compiled our list of ten veggies that we should always buy organic. And, this time we’ll continue our series with our list of the ten veggies that we do not need to buy organic!

Remember, this list has been compiled from several sources we mentioned last time. So, these are the TOP TEN VEGGIES that are good to go — even when they are traditionally farmed. And, once again they appear in order from the best with the least pesticide residue, to those that may retain a bit more — but not to any level that is considered dangerous. Ready, set, GO!

1) Onions

2) Avocados

3) Asparagus

4) Eggplant

5) Cabbage

6) Sweet Potatoes

7) Sweet Corn

8) Cauliflower

9) Winter Squash

10) Frozen Sweet Peas

So, there you are!! A list of ten veggies that no one has to buy organic! These products only retain trace amounts of pesticide residue if any at all.

HOWEVER — always remember that ALL produce — whether it’s organic or not — should be washed before eating — because pest res is not the only thing we want to avoid. We also want to avoid ingesting dirt, sand or any bacteria that might linger from the sneezing, coughing or touching of other shoppers and shop employees.

That’s all for today everyone! Next week we’ll continue with our list of the TOP TEN FRUITS that we should always buy organic!!

Until then, EAT WELL and BE WELL!



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News on Possible Cancer Risks of Chemical Herbicides

Nettle weed FDP It’s #FACTUALFRIDAY everyone and 2,4-D is back in the news.

For those of you familiar with Volume 1 of The Single Source Cancer Course, you’ll recall we discussed this chemical in our analysis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

To review, 2,4-D (dichlorophenoxyacetic acid) is a key ingredient in the manufacturing of certain herbicides. For years, studies from the United States, Sweden and Canada appeared to indicate that the risk of developing NHL among farmers who used 2,4-D increased by as much as eight times. In addition, past research found that canine malignant lymphoma was greater in dogs whose owners used 2,4-D or commercial pesticide lawn treatments.

Recently, however, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reviewed the latest scientific literature on 2,4-D and human cancers classifying it as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” Now, that is one step below the category of “probably carcinogenic” BUT two steps above the category of “probably not carcinogenic.”

In other words, no one really seems to know for sure anymore if 2,4-D is a definite factor in human cancer or not.

IARC also found, however, that another popular herbicide — glyphosate — was “probably carcinogenic to humans”. And that means, of course, that this commonly used product is considered more dangerous than 2,4-D.

Now, we’ve known for years that we need to exercise caution when working with or around herbicides. But, we still don’t know how much caution.

So this summer, when using 2,4-D — or glyphosate — based herbicides for weed control around your home remember to read the labels, follow the instructions and take care to protect your family and pets — just in case the next series of scientific studies confirms the suspicions of many — and finds these products are, indeed, more harmful than currently indicated.

Thanks everyone! Until next time,



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Top 10 Veggies You Should Buy Organic

FDP Salad Welcome back everyone! As promised, this week’s WHAT’S ON THE #MENU MONDAY will continue with the second installment of our FIVE PART SERIES on Organic Produce.

Last time we discussed the qualities of organically grown vegetables and fruits — and now we’re going to compile a list of those veggies that you should always buy organic.

Now, there are many lists out there with this information. And, none of those lists are exactly the same. So, I’ve created our own list from several sources, including: EatingWell.com, GourmetFood.com, Prevention.com, Organicfoodee.com, Goodhousekeeping.com and the Environmental Working Group (EWG) — a non-profit environmental research organization based in Washington, D.C.

Each of these sources has its own list of what often is referred to as, “the dirty dozen.” So, I combined these lists to determine which veggies appeared the most often on everyone’s list. Also, each of the above sources has listed their findings in order from the worst veggie containing the most pesticide residue, to the best veggie containing the least. But, once again, the lists do not always agree. And remember, these lists are subject to change each year based upon annual sample produce testing by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

A compilation of the above sources, our list will be limited to the TOP TEN VEGGIES that you should ALWAYS BUY ORGANIC — in order of worst to best —    so, here we go!

1) Sweet Bell Peppers

2) Celery

3) Spinach

4) Kale/Collard Greens

5) Lettuce

6) Cucumbers

7) Potatoes

8) Cherry Tomatoes

9) Green Beans

10) Hot Peppers

Now, notice that the produce on this list is, for the most part, thin-skinned and/or leafy. There’s just not much there to protect the edible parts of the produce from pesticides. So, this produce will collect and retain the greatest amount of harmful residue.

Also, these products may retain more pesticide residue — or obesogens — simply because they may have been sprayed more than other products. You see, some produce is more susceptible to bugs. In other words, if a veggie tastes particularly good to creepy crawlies, it’s going to get whacked with chemicals. End of story.

So, these are our TOP TEN VEGGIES that you should buy organic — whenever possible! And, next week I’ll have a list of our TOP TEN VEGGIES that you do not need to buy organic!

Thanks everyone! Until then, EAT WELL and BE WELL!




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Father’s Day Wishes

IMG_2187Happy Friday everyone! It’s another weekend and this one does double-duty. It’s not just the official beginning of Summer with the Summer Solstice occurring on June 20 -21 — but, Sunday is Father’s Day as well!

So in honor of all the men who are fathers to children — and all the men who are fatherly to those they hold dear, I wish you all a Healthy and Happy Father’s Day — abundant with the qualities of understanding, gentleness, supportiveness, nurturing, protection and love!



“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.”

Sigmund Freud, Austrian Psychiatrist


“Blessed indeed is the man who has many gentle voices call him father.”  

Lydia M. Child, American Journalist and Women’s Rights Activist


“One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.”

George Herbert, Welsh Poet


“It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.”

Anne Sexton, American Poet and Writer


Have a great weekend everyone! And until next time,


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