Food to Buy Organic

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.

Be Inspired,

Kelly

Dirty Dozen
Buy these organic
1
Apple
Apples
2
Celery
Celery
3
Strawberries
Strawberries
4
Peaches
Peaches
5
Spinach
Spinach
6
Nectarines
Nectarines
– imported
7
Grapes
Grapes – imported
8
Red Pepper
Sweet bell peppers
9
Potatoe
Potatoes
10
Blueberries
Blueberries
– domestic
11
Lettuce
Lettuce
12
Kale
Kale/collard greens
Clean 15
Lowest in Pesticide
1
Onions
Onions
2
Sweet Corn
Sweet Corn
3
Pineapple
Pineapples
4
Avocado
Avocado
5
Asparagus
Asparagus
6
Peas
Sweet peas
7
Mango
Mangoes
8
Eggplant
Eggplant
9
Cantelope
Cantaloupe
– domestic
10
Kiwi
Kiwi
11
Cabbage
Cabbage
12
Watermelon
Watermelon
13
Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes
14
Grapefruit
Grapefruit
15
Mushrooms
Mushrooms

 

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