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Dirty Dozen List: nonorganic veggies and fruits you should never eat

Maybe you know, maybe you don’t… but not all nonorganic fruits and veggies are equally contaminated by pesticides and chemicals.

Some fruits and vegetables are safe. However, some shouldn’t even be touched with a stick 😂  They contain too many pesticides.

This is why every year, the Environmental Working Group creates the Dirty Dozen list which states the 12 most contaminated veggies or fruits. Because of that, those would be the most harmful for your health.

They also create a list of the 15 cleanest, so you know what’s really safe for you and your family.

The Environmental Working Group uses data from the USDA on pesticides. Of course, in Canada, we have stricter rules concerning pesticides, but still… it gives you a good idea!

For instance, strawberry is the worst of all. One sample that was tested had as much as 22 pesticides in it. It’s so sad because it’s such a delicious fruit (one of my favorites, personally) 💔

In 2nd place, you have spinach.

The thing is many people recommend incorporating spinach to your diet. They’re full of vitamins and other great nutrients. But, eww; eating nonorganic spinach makes you ingest a lot of pesticides. Therefore, it’s way better to consume it organic to get all the benefits without any harmful substance.

Without future ado, here’s the complete list, ranked from super worst to less worst (but still bad):

  1. Strawberry
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarine
  4. Apple
  5. Peach
  6. Pear
  7. Cherry
  8. Grape
  9. Celery (watch out if you’re juicing non organic celery juice)
  10. Tomato
  11. Sweet Bell Pepper
  12. Potato

What a sad list.

There are so many fruits that I love on it.

By the way, if you’re into juicing yourself, try to avoid using nonorganic ingredients that are in this list. Juicing makes you consume A LOT of fruits and/veggies in one shot… so it means you drink A LOT of pesticides.

Pesticides cocktail anyone?

That’s what I thought. No one really wants that 🤢

You probably also want to know what non-organics are safe for you? Here they are:

  1. Avocado
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapple
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onion
  6. Frozen Sweet Pea
  7. Papaya
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mango
  10. Eggplant
  11. Honeydew
  12. Kiwi
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Broccoli

You’re probably wondering… why are strawberry and spinach are the worst of all?

To understand better, let’s take a look at each one’s result during the testing of Environmental Working Group.

Strawberry 🍓

* A single sample of strawberry showed 22 different pesticides/pesticide breakdown product

* 20% of strawberries tested positive for 10 or more pesticides

* As much as 16% of strawberries contained carbendazim, an endocrine disruptor that harms the male reproductive system

Spinach 🍃

* Spinach samples had, on average, 1.8 as much pesticide residue by weight than any other crop. A lot more!

* On average, the level of pesticides on non-organic spinach equaled 7.1 different chemicals. Ouch!

* Their worst sample contained 18 different pesticides or pesticide breakdown.

So what’s so dangerous about the Dirty Dozen?

Fertility factor

Well, first of all, the report also focuses on the fact that high pesticide residue is linked to infertility. Harvard studies say:

* Women who ate produce with high pesticide residue levels (2 or more a day) had a 26% percent lower risk of having a successful pregnancy when compared to women who eat cleaner

* It also impacts male infertility: men who ingested more pesticides on fruits and veggies suffered from poorer sperm quality

Why does it matter? Because sperm counts of men living in North American, Australia, Europe and New Zealand have dropped 50 percent in less than 40 years.

Brain damage factor

The Dirty Dozen report also focused on chlorpyrifos, an insecticide you can find on:

  • Apples
  • Bell peppers
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines

Scientists reviewed the evidence and found chlorpyrifos to harm your child’s brain and behavior. Unfortunately, this insecticide will be allowed to use until 2022.

Can you wash all the pesticides?

Washing helps to remove some of it, so do it. Always.

But systemic pesticides are inside the product and can’t be washed.

Here are our final thoughts on this Dirty Dozen list:

* Try to avoid eating non-organic strawberries and spinach, they have high pesticide residue.

* Don’t stop eating fruits and vegetables because of this list, it is super important for your health. Always eat a lot, but choose organic when possible, especially when you want some among the list. Just be smart about it.

* Pesticides are linked to dozens of health problems, including some cancers, symptoms of ADHD, autism, Parkinson’s and a whole lot of other issues

* Keep in mind that this list is based on USA fruits and vegetables, in Canada we have stricter regulation, but still…you can never be too careful. 😉

P.S. We offer only organic cold pressed juices, organic juice cleanses and super celery, cucumber and leafy greens organic green juice.

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The things you should consider when looking for a plant-based milk alternative

For a few years now, demand for alternatives to dairy milk has been increasing. 

Whether it’s for health purposes or environmental concerns, more and more people – vegans, vegetarians or simply flexitarians – are replacing cow’s milk with: soy milk, nut milk, coconut milk, oat milk, legume milk, etc. 

But how do you choose a plant-based milk? 

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Why You’re Doing Your Celery Juice Cleanse Wrong.

Celery Juice… Is it really magic? 🐰🎩


After Super Kale, meet Super Celery!!!


Celery juice is definitely THE thing right now in the fascinating world of clean and natural eating🌿

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How To Do A Juice Cleanse Properly

Having a healthy lifestyle is becoming not only a trend (a rather beneficial one), but a necessity as well.

Juice cleanse is a detoxifying process that is characterized by drinking fruit and vegetable juices during a certain amount of time (that can go from several days to several weeks). It is beneficial for the entire body, most particularly the immune and digestive system, as it gives it a rest and removes toxins, as well as for the skin and even the mood.

But one does not simply jump in the Juice Cleanse world without being prepared.

Here’s what you need to know if you want to do a cleanse and really enjoy its effects 😊

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5 Easy Recipes to Make your Kids LOVE Broccoli!

We asked our followers what was the healthy food their kids hate the most… and the answer didn’t surprise us that much: BROCCOLI



What can you do to make your kids eat more broccoli?

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4 reasons to consume turmeric

Turmeric, also known as saffron of the Indies, has been a valued super-food in India and China for ages now, due to its several medicinal virtues.  It was traditionally used as a food additive to treat digestive disorders, to relieve skin or inflammatory diseases and to regulate menstrual disorders. Additionally because of its culinary flavor, it serves as an ally on many other levels, especially as a food preservative, as a natural dye due to curcumin (the pigment which gives it its yellow color), and as a cosmetic tool for its beneficial effect on the skin. In India, turmeric is a spice consumed daily in local cuisine, it composes Indian curry!

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5 tips to eat more vegan

Veganism is one of the most popular trends of the last 5 years, if not the most popular of all! People choose to adopt this new lifestyle for the sake of the environment, their own health or because of the poor treatment of animals. Though this trend is quite appealing, it’s overwhelming and stressful for some, which discourages them from trying. But stop worrying, we’ve all been there!


We asked our friend Caroline Huard (Loounie), a generous and creative vegan woman, to give us her best advice on how to begin eating vegan if we don’t know where to start.


Here they are: the 5 tips to help you eat more vegan!

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Time to find your juicer and treat yourself with something fresh and full of vitamins!

If you’re passionate and patient, you’ll love to create your own juices. However, we made a list of the most common mistakes to avoid when you’ll juice your own nectars.

1. Not washing your fruits and veggies

Yum! germs and pesticides in your juice… We don’t want that. To prevent that, the rule is simple: thoroughly wash the fruits and veggies! Choose fresh, organic, local and seasonal products that you love. This way, you also help an agriculture that is more environmentally friendly. If you don’t use organic, peel the fruits and veggies to significantly reduce the amount of pesticides. The best would be to harvest your own fruits and veggies but that’s less simple… 😉

2. Using only fruits, no veggies 

Fruits are naturally rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants but also in sugar. In your juice, you should respect a 60% veggies – 40% fruits rate so it tastes fruity but has a reasonable quantity of sugar. If you choose green veggies, it’s even better! Our favorites: spinach and kale which are rich in chlorophyl, calcium and iron. Add superfoods and voila! Enjoy.

3. Waiting too long before drinking your juice 

Vitamins change with light and heat. You must drink your juice as soon as it’s ready if you want to enjoy all its benefits. If you don’t have much time, you can keep it in an airtight container for 24 to 48 hours, refrigerated. It will remain good, but will lose some of its nutrients.

4. Drinking it too quickly

Drinking slowly helps digestion and therefore facilitate the absorption of the juice’s nutrients. You’ll also feel better! Take the time to really enjoy this healthy made-with-love beverage ❤️

5. Drinking your juice with a meal

It’s better to consume your juice when your stomach is empty so your system really focuses on the absorption of the good nutrients. Best times to drink it: in the morning before breakfast or between two meals when your energy levels are low!

Ready, set, juice!

By Alice Doumengine
Photo : RawPixel on Unsplash

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10 foods you’ve been eating wrong your whole life

Do you cut your watermelons in triangle shape? Do you peel your kiwis before eating them? And the peas, do you pick each one of them with a fork?

Time to change!!! Time to make your life easier.

Instead of cutting it into triangles and having juice running down each side of your mouth, you can cut your watermelon in half and then cut lengthwise and crosswise to obtain kind of watermelon sticks. Easier and cleaner to eat!

Cut it in half leaving the core behind. Grab a good mug and place the mango, between the fruit and the skin, against the mug and push it down. The fruit will fall into the glass and the peel will be gone gone gone.

Did you know that the most nutritious part of it is its skin? To get all these nutrients, slice your kiwis in thin layers and eat it like chips.

Picking each pea with a fork makes it hard to eat… An easy way to eat peas is to simply mash them with a fork instead!

Instinctively, we try to peal it from the top but did you know that chimps and monkeys actually peal it from the bottom? And these animals are kind of the experts it comes to bananas, right? So peal your banana from the bottom by pinching the tip and it will easily split!

Once you remove the stem of an apple, e-ve-ry-thing can be eaten from the fruit! No more waste.

Salads make excellent lunches. But when you already mix everything the texture can become unappetizing. To change that: use a Mason jar, put the dressing in the bottom, add crunchy veggies, nuts and fruits. Then add the leaves. The veggies and other stuff between the dressing and the leaves will prevent the leaves from becoming wet!

So you like hard shell tacos? We get it. Isn’t that annoying though when the shell cracks after your first bite and everything falls apart? The solution is simple: put some lettuce around the shell. It will protect it and create a double-layer to save all this amazing stuff you added in the shell.

Peeling an orange is quite a job and your fingers become all nasty. Instead, cut each edge of the fruit and make a slice from bottom to top. Then, roll it to open it!

What a classic! However keeping everything together can be hard. To help: place a generous amount of PB on the edges of the slices. Then add a generous amount of jelly in the middle. Finally, press the breads together.

Eat simple folks, there’s too much complicated stuff in life!😌


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Winter is finally ending, meaning the time everyone is waiting for; maple sugar time; begins! This gourmet and festive tradition is sometimes associated with excess.

At DOSE, we offer you a more reasonable way to celebrate the arrival of Spring without forgetting to treat yourself: discovering our delicious juices Kick and Basil! We chose to add a small amount of maple syrup and water to these juices because in addition to giving them this pleasant taste, these ingredients have many benefits.

Maple water and syrup, what’s the difference?
Maple water is the 100% pure clear and nourishing sap. It contains only 2 to 3% of sugar and flows naturally from the trees, when the night frosts are followed by days of thaw, sign that Spring is finally coming… The sap is then sterilized to be preserved and consumed as a refreshing drink.

As for the concentrated syrup, it is made by heating the sap to evaporate much of the water. It takes about 40 liters of water to get a liter of syrup! Maple syrup is a natural sweetener that contains no additives or dyes with very interesting organoleptic and nutritional properties.



Maple syrup is mainly composed of carbohydrates (sucrose, glucose and fructose) which makes it a good source of energy. Glucose and fructose are two simple sugars that are easily assimilated because they do not need any digestion. Athletes will be happy to learn that maple syrup is a good ally to boost energy before, during and after a workout because carbohydrates are quickly brought to muscles. All of this while being one of the least caloric sweetening products; 177 calories for 50 ml of syrup and 40 calories for 500 ml of maple water.

In addition of containing fewer calories than honey, maple syrup provides essential minerals such as manganese, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium that are necessary for the proper functioning of our bodies. Did you know that a serving of maple water contains as much manganese as a cup of kale? This mineral is necessary for the proper functioning of several enzymes and helps maintaining bone health and cognitive function.

Maple water and syrup are full of polyphenols; organic molecules known for their antioxidant properties. These polyphenols are more abundant in maple syrup than in other sweetening products: you can find 400 times more polyphenols in maple syrup than in agave syrup.

Maple syrup has a lower glycemic index than other sweeteners; meaning the glucose is diffused gradually in the body thus avoiding the drops of energy and controlling the feeling of hunger. Ideal when doing exercise or a cleanse!


KICK is the juice that will wake you. A subtle blend of the sweet taste of maple and the spicy taste of cayenne pepper, it will boost your immune system and kick your metabolism.

BASIL is a reinvented lemonade. Energetic and nutritious, it combines the hydrating benefits of maple water with the refreshing taste of basil and the many qualities of chia.

By Alice Doumangine

Picture 1: Lindsay Moe
Picture 2: Jennifer Pallian

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