Top 12 Fruits and Veggies That You Must Buy Organic

September 2, 2008

Have you ever found yourself standing in the market wondering if you should buy the organic product (which usually costs more) or the conventionally grown product?  If you’re comparing apples to apples….you might see the same round, firm, and bright red color, but, are they both really the same? 

The main difference between organic farming and conventional farming is the way the farmers grow and process agricultural products.  Organic farmers use natural fertilizers, use beneficial insects and birds to reduce pests and disease, and give animals organic feed.  On the other hand, conventional farmers use chemical fertilizers , spray insecticides, and give animals antibiotics, growth hormones and medications to prevent disease and promote growth. 

But, what about nutrition?   So far, there is no conclusive evidence that organic foods are more nutritious than conventionally grown products.   But, if you want to reduce your exposure to pesticides, choosing organic is the way to go. The EWG (Environmental Working Group) developed a list of 43 fruits and veggies with the highest and lowest pesticide load.  Keep in mind that soft-skinned fruits and vegetables have the highest pesticide levels.  Since food costs are going up, buying all organic foods may not be possible for some, but here are the top fruits and veggies that you should always buy organic.

1.      Peaches  (worst-highest pesticide)

2.      Apples

3.      Sweet Bell Peppers

4.      Celery

5.      Nectarines

6.      Strawberries

7.      Cherries

8.      Lettuce

9.      Grapes-imported

10.  Pears

11.  Spinach

12.  Potatoes

The 5 least contaminated fruits and veggies:

1.      Onions (best- lowest pesticide)

2.      Avocado

3.      Sweet Corn- Frozen

4.      Pineapples

5.      Mangos

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