This week is the National Vegetarian Week, the UK's annual campaign to promote the benefits of a meat-free, vegetarian lifestyle.
I chat forever about the wonders of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables on the skin.
Strawberries, broccoli and red pepper are excellent sources of vitamin C, which promotes collagen production.
Collagen is the substance that holds the skin together. The more collagen there is, the firmer and more plump the skin appears.
While fruits and vegetables are incredibly good for us, the chemical pesticides and fertilizers with which they are usually poured are not.
I recently came across a great article on the EEC's "Dirty Dozen" blacklist, in which the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables are named and embarrassed (read here in full).
According to the EEC or the environmental working group, American consumers ingest ten pesticides on average if they receive their full five a day.
These pesticides have been linked to various health problems, particularly those related to fetal development and early childhood.
The Journal of Toxicology (read in full here) reports that conventional products are likely to contain 2.9 to 4.8 times more pesticide residues than organic products (which still contain some pesticide residues). However, the article continues to criticize the methodology of the EEC and states that pesticide residues are within safe limits.
The EEC suggests that you can reduce your pesticide consumption by buying the following worst offenders in certified organic form: