The Clean 15

There are so many reasons to buy organic…as I mentioned in my last post.

But here is a list of things that you don’t have to spend more and buy organic for.

The fruits and vegetables on this list were the least likely to have pesticides detected on the parts you eat, after typical washing, whether or not they’re certified organic. (Remember, though, that the farmworkers and the farm soil, will thank you for any organic purchases you can make.)
1. ONIONS– duh this is kinda a no brainer…you peel the exterior “skin” off. Buying Tip: Look for onions that are firm, have a distinctive “oniony” smell that’s not overpowering, and show no visible signs of damage or soft spots. Store in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator.

2. AVACADOS

3. SWEET CORN– Sweet corn may take a lot of fertilizer to grow, but you’re unlikely to end up with any pesticides on the kernels.

….are you getting the trend here…fruits and veggies that have exterior skin which acts as a barrier to protect the fruit from pesticide residue, which you remove before consuming –> usually means you dont need to spend the extra buck to buy organic.

4. PINEAPPLE

5. MANGO

6. ASPARAGUS– face fewer threats from pests such as insects or disease, so fewer pesticides need to be used.

7. SWEET PEAS

8. KIWI

9. CABBAGE– Cabbage doesn’t hold on to so many pesticides because a ton of spraying isn’t required to grow it. What it does hold onto is beta carotene: It’s a superfood!

10. EGGPLANT– Maybe it’s the thick skin, but eggplants are among the least likely to be contaminated by pesticides, according to the Environmental Working Group

11. PAPAYA

12. WATERMELON

13. BROCCOLI– Conventional broccoli doesn’t retain so many pesticides because the crop faces fewer pest threats, which means less spraying

14. TOMATOS– WHAT?!?!?! –> Tomatoes were on the 2008 Dirty Dozen list of foods with the most pesticide residue, but the latest update finds them cleaner than most. Why? The Environmental Working Group isn’t sure.

15. SWEET POTATOS– Not only are sweet potatoes unlikely to be contaminated with pesticides, they’re also a superfood, packed with Vitamin A and beta carotene.

Now next time your stopping by your local farmers market or grocery store bring along these two lists (the dirty dozen and the clean 15)…after some practice you’ll pick up on what foods you should buy organics and those that you dont necessarily have to.

Thanks for staying informed!

Go Green!

– Erica

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