The Dirty Dozen

So as you may or may not know, I love organic food.  I think pesticides and all my environmental classes just made me nervous about what I was consuming without realizing.  Organic food is typically more expensive but our super-awesome new grocery store makes that a little easier on the pockets.  I definitely don’t buy everything organic because it isn’t necessary!  So below is a list of the 12 most Contaminated and the 12 Least Contaminated that can help you to determine what would be good to try and fit into your grocery lists (if you’re interested of course!)

12 Most Contaminated

  • Peaches
  • Apple
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Grapes (Imported)
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes

12 Least Contaminated

  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Corn (Frozen)
  • Pineapples
  • Mango
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Peas (Frozen)
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Bananas
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Papaya

Notice that the least contaminated usually have a protective covering that you don’t eat (bananas) as opposed to one you may eat (apples).  In the case of apples, I’ve heard that if you don’t buy it organic, it is slightly better to just eat it without the peel because that is typically where all of the pesticides are stored.

Plus…pesticides are VERY bad for the environment.

English: Environmental contamination with pest...

Image via Wikipedia

Good article on additional reasons that organics are good: http://greenstertribe.com/why-buy-organic

Sources: http://www.organic.org ;  www.ewg.org  , http://www.thedailygreen.org

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