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The Dirtiest Fruit in Your Supermarket

After five years of topping the list, apples have officially been dethroned as the most pesticide-loaded produce. The new fruit that tops the Environmental Working Group's list of the "Dirty Dozen" -- strawberries. One of Nature's most potent packages of health-defending antioxidants, this sad news is not only maddening, it demonstrates, once again, the danger posed to the public's health when food becomes a commodity.

New Pesticide Rules for California Strawberries

California is the leading producer of strawberries in the U.S. In 2013, more than 2.3 billion pounds of strawberries were harvested annually. Of the 16.3 percent exported, Canada imports the majority of California’s fresh and frozen strawberry produce. So do California's new pesticide rulings make these treasured sweet berries safe to eat? Unfortunately not.

Salad Basics

Oils - Basic flavors and uses

OP HINT: Use oils from the region to match your recipe selection. Use olive oil for Mediterranean cooking. Use peanut oils in stir-fry dishes and coconut oil for Southeast Asian cooking.

Roughing It

Fiber is one of those nutrients many of us know is important but still remains a bit of a mystery. Basically, the term fiber refers to carbohydrates that cannot be digested. Fiber is present in all plants that are eaten for food, including fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes.

Colours of Health - Blue/Purple Foods

From : The Colours of Health
Boost health-promoting phytochemicals such as anthocyanins and phenolics every day with blue/purple foods such as:

* Blackberries
* Blueberries
* Black currants
* Dried plums
* Elderberries
* Purple figs
* Purple grapes
* Plums
* Raisins
* Purple asparagus
* Purple cabbage
* Purple carrots
* Eggplant
* Purple Belgian endive
* Purple peppers
* Potatoes (purple fleshed)

Colours of Health - Green Foods

From : The Colours of Health
Green fruits and vegetables contain potent phytochemicals such as lutein and indoles. Go green every day with:

* Avocados
* Green apples
* Green grapes
* Honeydew
* Kiwifruit
* Limes
* Green pears
* Artichokes
* Arugula
* Asparagus
* Broccoflower
* Broccoli
* Broccoli rabe
* Brussels sprouts
* Chinese cabbage
* Green beans
* Green cabbage
* Celery

Colours of Health - White Foods

From : The Colours of Health
Get all the health benefits of white, tan and brown fruits and vegetables by including foods such as:

* Bananas
* Brown pears
* Dates
* White nectarines
* White peaches
* Cauliflower
* Garlic
* Ginger
* Jerusalem artickoke
* Jicama
* Kohlrabi
* Mushrooms
* Onions
* Parsnips
* Potatoes (white fleshed)
* Shallots
* Turnips
* White Corn

Colours of Health - Yellow & Orange Foods

From : The Colours of Health

Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables contain varying amounts of antioxidants such as vitamin C as well as two classes of phytochemicals carotenoids and bioflavonoids. Include orange and yellow fruits and vegetables like:

* Yellow apples
* Apricots
* Cantaloupe
* Cape Gooseberries
* Yellow figs
* Grapefruit
* Golden kiwifruit
* Lemon
* Mangoes
* Nectarines
* Oranges
* Papayas
* Peaches

Colours of Health - Red Foods

From : The Colours of Health
The specific phytochemicals in the red food group being studied for their health-promoting properties including lycopene and anthocyanins. Eat red fruits and vegetables such as:

* Red apples
* Blood oranges
* Cherries
* Cranberries
* Red grapes
* Pink/Red grapefruit
* Red pears
* Pomegranates
* Raspberries
* Strawberries
* Watermelon
* Beets
* Red peppers
* Radishes
* Radicchio

Colours Of Health

Phytochemicals ("fight-o-chemicals") are substances that are naturally occurring only in plants. Eating a variety of colourful phytochemical-rich fruits and vegetables has been associated with lower risks of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

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