There’s all sorts of recent good news about vegan cupcakery BabyCakes, a NYC sensation since 2005. For one, they’re opening a new west coast location smack dab in the middle of the historic Bank District of Los Angeles; then, for folks who live too far from NYC or LA, there’s a new BabyCakes cookbook out on the market, and to celebrate (you can’t help but share in the enthusiasm!), they’ve produced a fun video to feature it (the book is currently available!).
The goodies are not only vegan, but also gluten-free, and most use agave rather than refined sugar.
To keep track of their LA opening and other news, check out their blog or follow them on twitter.
It should come as no surprise that eating conventionally-grown produce puts you at greater risk of exposure to pesticides. But, which fruits and veggies are the worst offenders and when should you buy organic versus conventionally-grown?
Organic Essentials has produced a free, downloadable (PDF) pocket-guide listing both domestic and imported produce to help you determine which produce “pose the most significant pesticide-related risks and – therefore – are the most critical produce items for consumers to purchase as organic.”
The following fruits and vegetables currently present the highest risk:
Domestically Grown Conventional Fruits
Domestically Grown Conventional Vegetables
1. Green beans
2. Sweet bell peppers
Imported Conventional Fruits
Imported Conventional Vegetables
1. Sweet bell peppers
For more on using PLU codes to verify you’re buying organic, see our earlier post on the topic.