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Foods You Don’t Need to Buy Organic for the Alzheimer’s Diet

Posted by on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

foods for the Alzheimer's diet

Although eating organic foods is recommended as part of a health Alzheimer’s diet, there are some foods you don’t necessarily need to buy organic.  A healthy Alzheimer’s diet for people on a budget may include some organic and some non-organic foods.  But how do you know which foods are healthy to purchase non-organic? 

Buying organic ensures that toxic chemicals such as pesticides have not been used, and although organic food has been found to have overall more nutrient value, these foods can be expensive and sometimes hard to find. 

A group called the EWG-Environmental Working Group, is an organization that specializes in evaluating food products for toxic chemicals and other factors. EWG analyzed pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration to come up with rankings for these popular fresh produce items. All 48 foods are listed below from worst to best, as far as pesticide content.

 The following list was released by the EWG to educated the public on which non-organic foods are the safest.  The list was named the “Clean 15” and it includes a ranking of fruits and vegetables with the lowest concentration of pesticides.  The EWG still recommends organic foods over non-organic whenever available.

Here is a list of the “Clean 15″ healthy foods you can eat on the Alzheimer’s diet, these foods don’t necessarily need to be organic:

  1. Avocados-known today as a super food, it’s not necessary to buy organic avocados because the thick peeling protects the inside from harmful chemicals and pesticides.  The EWG found avocados to have only 1% of pesticide residue.
  2. Sweet Corn-with a protective husk, corn was found to have little to no pesticide residue, it does however, contain GMO’s so if you are trying to avoid GMO’s, organic corn is best.
  3. Pineapple-the EWG tested pineapples and discovered they were 89% pesticide residue free due to its hard-spiny shell that protects the sweet juicy fruit inside.
  4. Cabbage-with tough outer leaves as a protective coating, once you peel away the outside layers, cabbage is relatively free of pesticide residue as reported by EWG testing.
  5. Onions-have a natural defense system that keeps insects away so there is no need to use pesticides on this healthy food choice for the Alzheimer’s diet.
  6.  Asparagus is hardy and it thrives well in a wide range of climates, very few insects threaten asparagus, resulting in no need for using a lot of harsh chemicals and insecticides.
  7. Mangoes -much like pineapples, the thick skin of a mango keeps pesticides away from the sweet delicious fruit inside-they are 88% insecticide particle free says the EWG.
  8. Kiwi fruit-packed with vitamin C, kiwis tested at 82% pesticide residue free due to their tough outer skin that protects the fruit.
  9. Papaya ranked at 80% pesticide residue free via EWG testing, but most are from GMO’s so if that’s an issue, organic is probably the best choice.
  10. Eggplant-with its thick purple skin, eggplant made the cut for healthy fruits and vegetables low in pesticide residue, however, most of the antioxidants contained in eggplant is in the skin.  If you plan to eat the skin you may want to buy organic.
  11. Citrus fruit including oranges, grapefruit, lemons and tangerines, if you plan to zest the fruit it’s recommended to buy organic.
  12. Sweet Potatoes-although potatoes are recommended to buy organic, sweet potatoes are in a completely different class of vegetables and are treated differently when it comes to spraying with pesticides.
  13. Watermelon-its thick skin protects the fruit from pesticides and chemicals.  
  14. Cantaloupe-at 61% pesticide residual, it’s considered part of the “Clean 15” by the EWA when organic is not available.
  15. Cauliflower-joining its cruciferous cousin-the cabbage, cauliflower was rated low enough with pesticide residual to make the cut.

As you have most likely observed, the foods on the Clean 15 list are mostly those that have thick skin and or a protective layer that keeps chemical away from edible portions. 

List of the “Dirty Dozen” foods you should always strive to buy organic include;

  1. Strawberries
  2. Apples
  3. Nectarines
  4. Peaches
  5. Celery
  6. Grapes
  7. Cherries
  8. Spinach
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Bell Peppers
  11. Cherry Tomatoes
  12. Cucumbers

Learn more about the best food choices for the Alzheimer’s diet by CLICKING HERE To purchase the book Alzheimer’s Treatment and Prevention Diet, written by Harvard trained neurologist, Dr. Richard Isaacson, M.D. 

For more easy to follow nutrition advice check out The Alzheimer’s Diet: A Step-by-Step Nutritional Approach to Memory Loss Prevention and Treatment, or visit to learn more about Neurologist, Dr. Richard Isaacson's 9 week diet plan and his cutting edge approach in the fight against AD in Alzheimer's Treatment | Alzheimer's Prevention: A Patient and Family Guide 2012 Edition. Also, sign up for the newsletter to get the latest updates in AD treatment and prevention news.

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