12 Most Important Foods to Buy Organic (2013)

Examining asparagusWhen it comes to fruits and veggies, there are 4 things the Environmental Working Group (EWG) wants you to know:

• Pesticide contamination is widespread.
• Washing doesn’t eliminate it.
• Avoiding produce isn’t healthy.
• Buying organic is the best solution.

But wait, organic produce isn’t always available or affordable. EWG has thought of that and provides two indispensable lists, based on its research:

12 most important fruits and vegetables to buy organic

These 12 carry the highest pesticide load, so get these organic if you can.

Apples
Celery
Cherry tomatoes
Cucumbers
Grapes
Hot peppers
Nectarines – imported
Peaches
Potatoes
Spinach
Strawberries
Sweet bell peppers

EWG also lists two baddies that don’t meet all of its criteria for “most contaminated” but are still of grave concern because samples are commonly contaminated with highly toxic insecticides:

+ Kale/Collard Greens
+ Summer squash

15 least important to buy organic

These are the least contaminated.

Asparagus
Avocados
Cabbage
Cantaloupe
Sweet Corn
Eggplant
Grapefruit
Kiwi
Mangos
Mushrooms
Onions
Papayas
Pineapples
Sweet peas – frozen
Sweet potatoes

In case you’re wondering… even small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can cause lasting damage to health, especially to young children and babies in the womb.

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