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12 Fruits & Veggies To Buy Organic

We all know eating a diet filled with fruits and vegetables is essential to good health. But many people are still not convinced that organic is worth the extra price. It's important to realize that chemical residue from non-organic foods can accumulate over time in our fatty tissue and effect our immune and endocrine systems - scary. Since organic foods (the green and white USDA organic label assures it is 95-100% organic) are produced without the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers, all you get is the nutritional benefit and great taste. That being said, with organic produce typically costing 15% more than conventional, price is still a real issue for many families. That's why I wanted to find out which fruits and veggies are critical to buy organic. According to the Environmental Working Group, the twelve non-organic fruits and vegetables below consistently contain higher levels of pesticide residue (even after washing) than others.

Highest Pesticide Residue

  1. Strawberries
  2. Bell Peppers (green and red)
  3. Spinach
  4. Cherries
  5. Peaches
  6. Cantaloupe (Mexico)
  7. Celery
  8. Apples
  9. Apricots
  10. Green Beans
  11. Grapes (Chilean)
  12. Cucumbers

On the other, the following conventionally grown fruits and veggies have been found to be the cleanest (containing the least amount of residue in tests). A number of them have a tough or inedible skin that prevents harmful chemicals from penetrating.

Least Pesticide Residue

  1. Avocados
  2. Corn
  3. Onions
  4. Sweet Potatoes
  5. Cauliflower
  6. Brussels Sprouts
  7. Grapes (non-Chilean
  8. Bananas
  9. Plums
  10. Green Onions
  11. Watermelon
  12. Broccoli

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