Do you buy all organic fruits and vegetables? If you do, great. Maybe I should but I don’t, at least not yet. I love going to the Farmer’s Market in El Segundo on Wednesdays and the Venice one on Sundays, but I can’t always make it or stock up on enough of the healthy stuff my husband and I (mostly me) eat every week and end up having to go to the grocery store to supplement.
Just so you know, the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure so if buying organinc is not in your budget don’t beat yourself up about it. But I always like to educate myself and know which produce have the most and the least pesticide residue so I can make an informed decision about whether or not I want to buy my Fuji apples for $0.99 per lb or $1.99 per lb. By the way my answer is yes, apples are the most contaminated and pesticide laden fruit!
Therefore, I have memorized the “Dirty Dozen,” which lists the most contaminated produce and try my hardest to buy them organically. (generally they are the foods you eat the skin of or have thin skins) Get the wallet size of the Dirty 12 here. And if you want to see the worst culprits I’ve listed them below along with the least contaminated produce at the bottom.