Fruits and veggies: Buy organic or not? The dirty dozen

Fresh Fruits and VegetablesMy husband and I “went organic” many years ago, figuring that — assuming all the research is correct —  spending more money now is better than spending money in the hospital later. Eating real food is way more fun than “eating” from a tube, right? And tastier, I might add.

Whether you espouse the “pesticides and fungicides suck” attitude or not, non-profit organizations like the Environmental Working Group have assembled a tome of evidence that recommends staying away from the chemical residue on food. But a huge factor that keeps people from buying organic fruits and vegetables is the higher price. It’s not the farmer’s fault — they have to spend more producing the food so they pass on the added cost to the customer.

Although not all conventionally-farmed fruits and vegetables are slathered in chemical residue, there are some worst offenders.  To keep track of the pesticides levels on a myriad of fresh produce, I recommend a free app called Harvest but here’s a short list of those that should always be purchased from the organic section.

1. Peppers
2. Apples
3. Strawberries
4. Grapes (read about organic farming in wine)
5. Celery
6. Cherries
7. Peaches
8. Nectarines
9. Potatoes
10. Cucumbers
11. Raspberries
12. Pears


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