0 Comments November 6, 2014Juicing, Organic Eating

 

PESTICIDES: THEY ARE EVERYWHERE

Outside they are on our lawns, crops, weeds on the side of the road, and even sprayed out of airplanes.  They are everywhere and unfortunately, they are virtually inescapable!

However, one area we can limit our exposure to pesticides is in what we choose to put into our bodies.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know there are 42 pesticides on one non-organic apple? ISN’T THAT ABSOLUTELY MIND BLOWING?! Now multiply that by how many fruits & veggies it takes to make just one “detoxifying” juice.

EXAMPLE

In an Organic Roots’ 24oz “Sweetly Green Juice” we use (1) Cucumber, (2) Apples, (8) large Kale Leaves,
(1) large bunch of Spinach leaves, a handful of Parsley, and a half a Lemon! You can see how those pesticides will add up fast!

PLUS…Some of the most common produce used for juicing are the ones that rank the highest on the list of most contaminated by the Environmental Working Group (EWG)!

2014 DIRTY DOZEN

Non-organic apples once again topped The EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce report, making it the fourth year in a row the beloved fruit earned the unfavorable spot. Kale, collard greens, and hot peppers were frequently contaminated with insecticides that are particularly toxic to human health, prompting their “Dirty Dozen Plus” status.

The items highlighted in yellow are some of the most commonly used when juicing.
  1. Apples
  2. Strawberries
  3. Grapes
  4. Celery
  5. Peaches
  6. Spinach
  7. Sweet Bell Peppers
  8. Nectarines (Imported)
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry Tomatoes
  11. Snap Peas (Imported)
  12. Potatoes

Dirty Dozen Plus

  1. + Hot Peppers
  2. + Kale/Collard Greens

 

DID YOU THINK ABOUT GMOs?

When you juice non-organic, you also could be getting produce that has been genetically modified. So it’s not just the pesticides that we have to worry about.

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are quite a debate today. When a seed company genetically modifies a seed, they are changing the internal structure, the DNA, into a seed that can be patented and that will resist (kill) bugs that try to eat it. When you plant a GMO seed, many are made resistant to that companies’ certain type of pesticide spray. So it can sprayed on the plant, not killing the plant…but still getting into the plant and ultimately our bodies!

DON’T BE FOOLED

Unfortunately with so many loop holes in what can be said for “Marketing Verbiage”, a lot of people are unfortunately fooled into thinking they are getting something they are not.

Here are some of the top Marketing Slogans to watch out for:

“We use 80% Organic Produce…when available.”
First off, why only 80%? Secondly, when available? Organic produce is always available. Be sure to ask companies that use this slogan which items in your juice are organic and which are not. Then you can make an informed decision on whether or not you want to put that juice into your body.

“All Natural”
“Natural” can mean any number of different things, depending on where in the US you are, who the food manufacturer is and what store is carrying the product. In fact, the FDA has said it’s okay to call high-fructose corn syrup “natural.”

 Organic vs All Natural

 

OUR ORGANIC PROMISE

Knowing that our customers love to juice and see the benefits of juicing on a regular basis, we are committed to providing our customers with 100% Organic Juices!

PLUS we are committed to using local organic produce as much as possible. We have nothing to hide when it comes to what we juice at Organic Roots. We use the exact same produce in our juices that you can buy in our produce area. So you always know exactly what you are getting.

 

Have questions? Feel free to email us at info@organicroots.net




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