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One of the biggest questions I get is, “should I buy everything organic?”  The short answer (in a dream perfect world) yes!  The less toxins we can expose our bodies too, the better off we are going to be.  However, I am also realistic and realize that it is expensive to buy everything you eat organic.  

A big concern with non-organic fruits and vegetables is the risk of pesticide exposure.  178 pesticides have been identified on fruits and veggies grown in the US.  

These pesticides have been linked to

  • certain cancers
  • fertility issues
  • immune system dysfunction
  • damage to your endocrine system (controlling your thyroid, adrenals, pancreas, and you gastrointestinal track)

The EWC publishes a list every year of our top hitters when it comes to pesticide residue.  These lists are called the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen.  The dirty dozen are the items that you should always buy organic because they contain the most pesticides.  If you are on a budget, the clean 15 have less pesticides and you can buy conventionally grown.  Ideally you are buying all organic from your farmers market- but let’s be real, that’s not always happening.  Make sure to take the clean 15 and dirty 12 lists with you next time you go shopping!

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About the Author

Erin Gussler, MS RDN LD CLT

Growing up, Erin has always loved food (and could be found singing “fruit, fruit, fruit for the whole team” at baseball games).  When she started college, she realized her true calling was in the field of nutrition.  After a career in critical care nutrition, she is now using her passion and knowledge for integrative and functional nutrition to help you succeed in your wellness goals.  Nutrition should be more than just “another diet”, but about healing and wellness from the inside out.  Using personalized nutrition therapy, Erin will teach you to not only love food but to eat food (and enjoy food) that loves you back.

Erin received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science at Texas A&M University, and she completed her dietetic internship through Meredith College.  She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as the Houston Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  She is also a member of several dietetic practice groups including Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine, Nutrition Entrepreneurs, and Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition.

Erin is committed to working with you to find balance in your life and to help demystify the world of nutrition.  Our goal at Whole Health Houston is to find the root causes of imbalance, and provide an individualized and custom wellness map.  Erin works closely with the doctors at Whole Health Houston to provide you with consistent care, evaluation, and on-going monitoring to help you succeed.  Let Erin walk alongside you and teach you to use food and nutrition to help you live your best life!

About the Author

Erin Gussler, MS RDN LD CLT

Erin is committed to working with you to find balance in your life and to help demystify the world of nutrition.  Our goal at Whole Health Houston is to find the root causes of imbalance, and provide an individualized and custom wellness map.  Erin works closely with the doctors at Whole Health Houston to provide you with consistent care, evaluation, and on-going monitoring to help you succeed.  Let Erin walk alongside you and teach you to use food and nutrition to help you live your best life!

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