10. Potatoes

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While it may seem like potatoes are good for you, they are actually loaded with carbohydrates that turn to sugar when digested. This can lead to weight gain as well as early onset diabetes. If you absolutely must  have your potato fix, we suggest going for the sweet potato. While still high in carbs, sweet potatoes are filled with antioxidants that help fight aging and prevent disease. It’s also important to point out that potatoes are on the Environmental Worker’s Dirty Dozen list for having high levels of pesticides that can interfere with your liver function.

 

 

9. Corn

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Corn is a delicious treat for a BBQ on a hot summer day, and one of the most used vegetables around. Whether it’s being ground into corn meal for baking or processed into a syrup, corn has become an integral staple in the American diet. However, it’s important to point out that corn has suffered from severe genetic modification over the years and now hardly resembles the original vegetable it once was.  Eating genetically-modified corn also introduces new proteins into the body that aren’t recognized, which can create severe hormonal imbalances and lead to poor health.

 

 

8. Bell Peppers

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Research has found that one out four Americans suffer from inflammation which is one of the leading causes of cancer, cardiac disease and joint paint. Although most inflammation is usually flared up by highly processed foods, nightshades such as bell peppers can contribute as well. This is due to the fact that bell peppers contain alkaloid solanine that triggers nerve disruption and can cause tremors and joint flare ups. Therefore, if you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis it’s recommended you stay away from peppers in general.

 

 

7. Eggplant

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You may want to think twice before digging into that eggplant parmigiana, because eggplant contains high levels of oxalate which is a leading cause for kidney stones. Eggplant is also considered part of the nightshade family, and like peppers, eggplant can be a real issue for people who suffer from chronic inflammation. It’s best to avoid this vegetable if you are susceptible to either of these conditions.

 

 

6. Cherry Tomatoes

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Who doesn’t love a cherry tomato? This cute and sweet vegetable is perfect for snacks and salads, unfortunately they are also high on the list for pesticides. In fact, cherry tomatoes have been found to contain over 35 different pesticide residues. Not something you really want to be popping in your mouth, right? Another member of the nightshade family, cherry tomatoes are not recommended to be eaten by those who suffer from joint pain, despite the fact that the high levels of lycopene in the vegetable are known to prevent prostate cancer.

 

 

5. Non-Organic Cucumbers

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Here’s the deal, when it comes to cucumbers there are quite a few nutrients that are contained in the skin that you don’t want to miss out on. The problem is cucumbers are considered part of the “dirty dozen” and are covered in pesticides. If you’re going to purchase cucumbers, buy organic if you can. Plus, purchasing organic helps support your local farmers so it’s a win/win situation!

 

4. Celery

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Celery may be high in fiber, but you should know its nutritional value is slim to none. This is due to the fact that celery is made up of 90% water and 10% fiber, so it will help with your bowel movements if you’re constipated but not much else.

 

 

3. Peas

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The nutritional value of peas has been heavily debated by nutritionists for ages. For some, the pea is just another starchy vegetable that turns to sugar which leads to fat gain, for others a vegetable is a vegetable and it’s good to eat more of them. The truth is peas aren’t bad for you per say, but they are known for their absorption of high levels of pesticides. So if you can, go organic to avoid potential health issues.

 

 

2. Spinach

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We’re not questioning the nutritional benefits of spinach, because their are many. Spinach contains high levels of vitamins C and K as well as protein, and makes for a great energy-boosting treat. However, all of those benefits are negated if you buy non-organic. Conventional spinach is on the top of the “dirty dozen” list and contains over 65 different pesticide residues that you simply can’t wash off. These pesticides can lead to hormonal problems and even weight gain. Therefore, go organic all the way.

 

 

1. Conventional Kale

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Just like spinach, conventional kale is sprayed with more pesticides than any other type of produce on the market. Kale is indeed good for you due to the levels of protein, antioxidants and vitamins within its green leaves, however you have to go organic if you want to reap the rewards of those benefits. Farmer’s markets are a great place to purchase kale that won’t harm your body, as well as supports the local growers in your area. Up next 15 Foods That Unclog Arteries and Prevent Heart Attacks