Prioritizing Organic Produce Purchases

Prioritizing Organic Produce Purchases

 

Make good organic produce choices. This advice about prioritizing your organic purchases comes from Dr. Mercola: When buying organic produce, choose items that tend to have the most pesticides. According to the Environmental Working Group,

The top 10 fruits and veggies with the highest pesticide load are:

1
Peaches
2
Apples
3
Sweet bell peppers
4
Celery
5
Nectarines
6
Strawberries
7
Cherries
8
Lettuce
9
Grapes (imported)
10
Pears

 

On the other end of the scale are 12 foods that are the safest non-organic purchases to make, because they’re grown with the least amont of pesticides.

Twelve Foods that Don’t Have to be Organic

The Environmental Working Group’s Shoppers’ Guide to Pesticides in Produce is based on the results of nearly 43,000 pesticide tests.Organic fruits and vegetables are by definition grown without the use of pesticides. But some find the expense of organic foods prohibitive.Of the 43 different fruit and vegetable categories in the Guide to Pesticides, the following twelve foods had the lowest pesticide load when conventionally grown.

Consequently, they are the safest conventionally grown crops to consume:

1
Broccoli
2
Eggplant
3
Cabbage
4
Banana
5
Kiwi
6
Asparagus
7
Sweet peas (frozen)
8
Mango
9
Pineapple
10
Sweet corn (frozen)
11
Avocado
12
Onion

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