The Dirty Dozen: Buy These Organic Fruits and Vegetables

There have been numerous studies in the last ten years that indicate organic produce is healthier for us to eat and better for the environment when compared to non-organic produce.   People are more aware about what they are putting into their bodies and how what we buy at the grocery store, impacts our environment.  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, organic farming, “emphasizes the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations and organic foods are those that are free of conventional pesticides.”

When feeding our children, we should use organic produce as much as possible.  Studies have found that organic produce has higher levels of vitamins and minerals when compared to non-organic produce.  Yet another study has found that organic farming uses 50% less energy than non-organic farming.  All positives for buying organic produce.  The one negative that people associate with organic produce is the higher cost.  Organic produce can cost up to double what non-organic can cost.  Some can see the cost benefits of paying more now for what we are putting into your body versus paying later in poor health from the side affects of pestisides or impact on the enviorment.

There are different levels of pesticides in different fruits and vegetables.  Here is a list of produce that has been labeled the “Dirty Dozen” by the Environmental Working Group. You will find the highest amounts of pesticides in these fruits and vegetables, and therefore should try to buy organic versions whenever possible:

  1. Peaches
  2. Apples
  3. Sweet Bell Peppers
  4. Celery
  5. Nectarines
  6. Strawberries
  7. Cherries
  8. Lettuce
  9. Grapes
  10. Pears
  11. Spinach
  12. Potatoes

Here is a list of the fruits and vegetables with the lowest amounts of pesticides:

  1. Onions
  2. Avocado
  3. Sweet Corn
  4. Pineapples
  5. Mango
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Kiwi
  9. Banana
  10. Cabbage
  11. Broccoli
  12. Eggplant

Hopefully the two lists above will come in handy the next time you are at the market and can”t decide whether to buy organic or non organic produce for your family.

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