Organic fruits and vegetables usually cost more than those that are conventionally grown and handled. At current levels of production, economies of scale are difficult to achieve and most people simply cannot afford to buy all organic food. Here is some important information, taken from Natural News, that will help in making the right food choices when you shop.
The dirty dozen
The EWG (environmental working group) cleverly calls the 12 fruits and vegetables listed below the “dirty dozen” due to their high levels of pesticides, when compared to other produce. If possible, purchase the following organic produce.
8. Sweet bell peppers
12. Kale/collard greens
The clean 15
This next group of 15 produce are known by the EWG as the “clean 15”. They are the lowest in toxic pesticides, so if you’re going to buy non-organic produce, these would be the ones to buy.
2. Sweet corn
6. Sweet peas
13. Sweet potatoes
Consuming foods from the clean 15 will lower your pesticide exposure a whopping 92% when compared with the dirty dozen. By choosing five fruits and vegetables a day from the clean 15 list you’ll consume fewer than two pesticides per day, whereas consuming five fruits and vegetables a day from the dirty dozen will cause you to ingest as many as 14 different pesticides every day.
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