Organic fruits and vegetables are believed to be healthier alternatives due to the absence of cancer causing pesticides. However, not all fruits and vegetables purchased need to be organic. In many countries, they can be very expensive and cost prohibitive. This list will help you to become a smarter shopper. Fruits and vegetables play an important role in eliminating toxins from your body. Eating organic produce, when appropriate, can one help further in their quest for health and wellness.
I recommend you familiarize yourself with this “Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen” list, provided by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Knowing this list will save you a lot of money when shopping.
This non-profit group placed the following items on its “Dirty Dozen” list of produce. The items have high levels of pesticide residue. When possible, these foods should have the “organic” label on them when purchased.
12 FOODS TO BUY ORGANIC (DIRTY DOZEN)
- Sweet bell peppers
The group also identified the “Clean 15” foods, which contain the least pesticide residue. That means you can buy the non-organic form and not worry about too much about pesticide exposure. If you notice, most of the foods on this list have a tick outer covering which protect them.
15 FOODS YOU DO NOT NEED TO BUY ORGANIC (CLEAN 15)
- Sweet corn
- Frozen sweet peas
- Oranges (add on)
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