Do you really need to buy all organic?

It’s best to purchase as many organic foods as you can afford or have access to.  But going totally organic can break the bank for some, and it’s not always easy to find what your looking for in the organic food section.  The good news is that there are a number of foods that are low in pesticides, even when grown conventionally.  On the other hand, there are certain fruits and vegetables that you’ll want to avoid feeding your family unless you can ensure that they were grown organically.  

According to Environmental Working Group’s 2013 pesticide test results, these are the top ten fruits and vegetables with the highest amounts of pesticide residue:

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Cherry Tomatoes
  4. Cucumbers
  5. Grapes
  6. Hot Peppers
  7. Imported Nectarines
  8. Peaches
  9. Potatoes
  10. Spinach

Yes, sadly, one of the most popular fruits in the United States, the beloved apple, is highest in pesticide residues, so be sure to buy it and the other fruits and vegetables in the list from the organic section!  Most pesticides are known to be carcinogenic and toxic.  While they might not be harmful in small amounts, the cumulative effects of consuming pesticides in the total food supply are unknown.  It’s best to eat clean!

For the full list of foods that should be organic and foods that are OK to eat conventionally grown, visit Environmental Working Group.  They also have a bunch of additional resources on how to avoid household chemicals and toxins.  

Originally posted 2013-07-11 01:27:32.


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