A Dozen Foods to Always Buy Organic

June 2nd, 2011 | Nutrition and Health

Eat your fruits and vegetables.

Most of us have heard this since we were kids. We even have people like me continuing to remind us how important they are for a healthy diet. Fruits and veggies were all over my past blog about necessary nutrients for your skin.

So what more could I have to tell you?

In fact, there is a list of specific fruits and vegetables that have been recognized as having the highest likelihood of being covered in poison! This is a list compiled by the Environmental Working Group every year to inform the public of which foods run the highest risk of containing large amounts of pesticide residue (according to information provided by the United States Department of Agriculture).

If you aren’t buying organic food, it is recommended that you do make an effort to purchase organic versions of these items due to the quantity of chemicals found on them. Here is the list, come to be referred to as “The Dirty Dozen”, for 2011. (Updated from previous 2010 list).

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines
  7. Grapes
  8. Sweet bell peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale

So take care of your body and eat your fruits and vegetables – just try to avoid all the chemicals that come along with some of them.

If it’s difficult to find organic versions of the items listed above, here is a list, “The Clean 15”, of fruits and vegetables lowest in pesticides.

  1. Onions
  2. Corn
  3. Pineapple
  4. Avocado
  5. Asparagus
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Mangos 
  8. Eggplant
  9. Cantaloupe
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cabbage
  12. Watermelon
  13. Sweet potatoes
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Mushrooms

Happy eating!

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