We’re guessing that title strikes you as strange. You’re right, we’re not going to tell everyone to stop eating vegetables because they are an excellent source of the vital nutrients and fiber our bodies need.
However, there are certain veggies that commonly bother people with particular medical conditions.
There are also some that have landed on the “Dirty Dozen” list for the presence of pesticide residue.
You’ll want to stick with us to find out which vegetables really must be eaten organic in order to avoid consuming poison, and which can trouble people with certain conditions.
12. Bell Peppers
Bell peppers are on the Dirty Dozen list, but that’s not the only thing to consider when deciding whether or not to eat them. Peppers are part of a group of veggies called nightshades, and some claim that they cause inflammation in the body.
Chronic inflammation is linked to the development of all kinds of ills, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, not to mention joint and arthritis pain.
Peppers also contain the alkaloid solanine, which is known to disrupt nerve function in some people and can cause twitching, trembling, and convulsing. For people with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or any joint issues, we recommend avoiding bell peppers.
11. Cherry Tomatoes
These tasty little bites are also a member of the nightshade family, and as such, are not recommended for people with joint problems or arthritis. They are also on the Dirty Dozen list and are typically coated in 35 pesticide residues unless you buy organic.
If you aren’t troubled by nightshades, organic cherry tomatoes are a fantastic item to snack on – they contain loads of the antioxidant lycopene, which research shows protects against osteoporosis and prostate cancer.
Cucumber can be a refreshing and very low calorie snack, but it has a couple of issues in the conventional production arena that make it dangerous. It’s on the Dirty Dozen list, for one, with up to 35 pesticide residues present that are either hormone disrupters or neurotoxins.
They are also usually coated with a synthetic wax to preserve water content and give that smooth, shiny look that consumers crave. It’s not worth it for the aesthetics, though. That wax is made up of chemical contaminants you really shouldn’t be eating. Buy your cucumbers organic.
9. Brussels Sprouts
Here’s a veggie that you may want to avoid if you will be out in public afterward. Similar to broccoli, Brussels sprouts are cruciferous vegetables that tend to make people gassy.
That’s due to the raffinose and sulphate content – raffinose is a sugar that is not able to be digested in the stomach or small intestine, and ends up being fermented in the large intestine.
While that’s happening, sulphate is released. So not only do you feel gassy, your flatulence will be so pungent that there’s no denying it happened.
Though kind of bland and stringy, there is a surprising amount of nutrition in celery. However, it is really high up on the Dirty Dozen list, being coated with up to 68 hormone disrupting pesticides.
Celery is also relatively tasteless, so we tend to dip it in unhealthy stuff in order to make it palatable. Still, as long as you buy organic and watch the toppings, celery can help you feel full without adding many calories to your daily diet.
This summer staple goes great with just about any meal, but unfortunately corn is one of the most common GMO foods around. Long term evidence is still lacking, but many researchers believe that GMOs are risky because they introduce our bodies to novel proteins that aren’t easily processed.
This leads to sensitivities and allergies in some folks. Corn is also high in sugar and fed in massive quantities to cows in order to fatten them up, so imagine what it does to humans. Add the traditional butter and salt, and corn is a veggie that should be enjoyed very much in moderation, even organic.