When to Buy Organic

Not all of us can afford to go 100% organic every time we shop so it is  important to know when you should spend the extra few bucks. According to the Environmental Working Group, consumers can reduce their pesticide exposure by 80% just by avoiding the most contaminated foods and eating only the cleanest.

This is the 2010 list of fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residue. I recommend you buy organic when shopping for these foods to avoid contamination.

1. Celery
2. Peaches
3. Strawberries
4. Apples
5. Blueberries
6. Nectarines
7. Bell Peppers
8. Spinach
9. Kale
10. Cherries
11. Potatoes
12. Grapes (imported)

On the other hand, here is the 2010 list of the cleanest fruits/veggies where it isn’t necessary to buy organic.

1. Onions
2. Avocado
3. Sweet Corn
4. Pineapple
5. Mangos
6. Sweet Peas
7. Asparagus
8. Kiwi
9. Cabbage
10. Eggplant
11. Cantaloupe
12. Watermelon
13. Grapefruit
14. Sweet Potato
15. Honeydew Melon


1 comment so far

  1. Di on

    Really helpful information. After becoming more informed about the reasons for going organic, I have to say it’s been a bit overwhelming and costly to buy the right things. Your list helps to transition over more gradually.

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