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• GREENS •
How could greens possibly be unclean? Lettuce count the ways! Choose the wrong bunch and you could get chemicals, along with a side of pathogens that can make you sick. Greens and veggies grown in rows have caused more than one-third of all E. coli sicknesses in the US in the past 5 years, says a government report.
NOT CLEAN: REGULAR BAGGED GREENS
Conventional bagged greens are often washed with a mix of chlorine and water — not exactly appetizing — and, even worse, they may contain residues of pesticides and fertilizers that no amount of washing can remove completely (some are taken up by plants’ roots).
CLEAN: ORGANIC BAGGED GREENS
Free of pesticides and chemicals, these are a good backup when local’s not available. But they can be 2 weeks old by the time you buy them, meaning fewer nutrients, and an investigation found that even organic brands may contain high levels of dangerous bacteria.
CLEANEST: LOCALLY GROWN ORGANIC GREENS
Local organic greens that aren’t prebagged can pack up to 4 times as many antioxidants as precut, washed, and bagged varieties, which lose nutrients in transit. No bag also means they’re less likely to encourage growth of the pathogens that can make you sick.