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Tue Jun 12 17:46:27 UTC 2012

The article "The 25 Lowest-Carb Vegetables" has veggies on the 'dirty dozen' list by EWG, such as celery, spinich, red bell peppers, lettuce & kale.
Asked By: eabols  

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Since I cannot find organic produce for the dirty dozen should I be cautious about eating them as it seems pesticides may create a synergistic effect with diabetic complications.
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Expert Answers (1)
2012-06-25 21:24:03.0

Thank you for your question to dLife. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a non-profit organization that reviews scientific and governmental research and provides consumers with useable health related information. Recently the EWG devised a list of 12 fruits and vegetables that have high levels of pesticides called the "Dirty Dozen." The EWG advises consumers to continue to eat fruits and vegetables, but to consume the organic variety of those which have consistently been shown to contain a large amount of pesticide residue. The produce included on the dirty dozen list include: apples, celery, sweet bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, imported nectarines, grapes and spinach. The group also advises that green beans and kale greens may also contain excessive amounts of pesticides. Organic celery, spinach and red bell peppers are low carbohydrate vegetables which can still be a part of a healthy diet. Consuming organic produce and washing fruits and vegetables can also help reduce pesticide residue. Additionally, peeling produce (for example peeling the skin off an apple), will also significantly reduce the amount of pesticide residue that you consume.
Answered By: Susan Weiner
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2012-07-04 13:42:20.0

Both comments, the Expert and the Community answer, make sense. I would like to know if a good washing removes a majority of pesticides from these veggies. Quick rinse? Scrub? Soap? Thanks.
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2012-07-03 14:02:43.0

eabols, While I share your concern about pesticide residue in the food I eat, I must say that the type of food a diabetic eats is much more important than whether it is organic or not. Obviously, the best of all worlds is that you eat the "best" vegetables for you as a diabetic and those you do eat are all organic. But that is not always easy or convenient as you have stated. I counsel people to concentrate on the "above ground" vegetables, especially the dark colored ones. By the way, kale is 16% protein, one of the highest protein contents of any vegetable. It is also extremely high in Vit. K, with healthy doses of Vit. A and C. Red bell peppers are also high in protein and a real powerhouse in Vit. C. So, eat these veges no matter if they are organic or not. If you can get them organically, all the better.
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