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4 to buy organic, 4 to worry less about

Kristi Mathieson says the most important foods to buy organic are:
Peaches
Strawberries
Bell peppers 
Spinach
 
The foods least contaminated with pesticides, she said, are:
Avocados
Pineapples
Mangos
Bananas
 
Deborah Freeman’s Top 5 clean foods
She recommends visiting co-ops and farmers markets.
Fresh fruits and veggies
Whole grains
Lean proteins like poultry and fish
Beans and legumes
Lower-fat dairy products — but not fat-free, because fillers are added




Eat clean
Whole foods the basis of a clean diet

01/15/15



 What clean eating does not include: Doritos, frozen pizza and Twinkies. What it does include: whole grains, beans and legumes and fruits and veggies — preferably organic. 

Deborah Freeman, a registered dietician at Catholic Medical Center, says clean eating means eating foods that are as close to their natural state is possible, with an emphasis on plant-based foods (though animal products, particularly poultry and fish, are acceptable).
“It’s believed to be a culinary movement as people become more focused on health and a sense of well-being,” Freeman said. 
Kristi Mathieson, a registered dietitian and owner of New Hampshire Natural Health Clinic in Bedford, views clean eating as “all inclusive” but emphasizes avoiding genetically modified foods as much as possible. She said education is key to knowing which foods are better than others.
“[Clean eating] is a way of a person being aware of what a whole food is and staying away from the chemicals and pesticides associated to foods, really being aware of what the ingredients are in your foods and recognizing what the ingredients mean, thinking about the big picture,” Mathieson said. 
She said a lot of diseases are biological dysfunctions that can be impacted by the foods a person eats.
“Many times our diets lack the necessary nutrients to give us proper functions. I think clean eating kind of originated from integrated medicine to get your body to function optimally through the food that you eat,” Mathieson said.
She said if you can identify all the ingredients in a food, it’s closer to a whole food; the more unknown chemicals there are, the more processed it is.
Mathieson also advises staying away from canned foods, as they contain BPA (Bisphenol A), a chemical that some research has shown can be harmful to fetuses, babies and young children.
Freeman also suggests avoiding canned foods, as well as packaged foods, because they contain chemicals and additives.
Preparing meals at home, as opposed to eating fast food, is key, too, Freeman said. 
“I think the bigger difference [in how food affects you] is how you get it — not using all the processed stuff,” she said. “Instead of having chicken nuggets, bake your chicken.”  
 
As seen in the January 15, 2015 issue.





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