Organic Produce and You

By: Kim Beavers Email
By: Kim Beavers Email

Organic food has hit the mainstream. Limiting exposure to unwanted compounds, and environmental concerns are two of many reasons people purchase organic food. However, cost can be a factor when choosing to purchase organic foods. The Environmental Working Group, a Washington D.C. based advocacy group, ranked 43 of the most commonly eaten fruits and vegetables according to their overall pesticide load. Here are the 12 most contaminated and 15 least contaminated fruits and vegetables.

Dirty dozen™: best to buy organicClean 15™: minimal pesticide residue
StrawberriesSweet Corn
NectarinesSweet peas
Bell PeppersAsparagus
Kale/Collard GreensEggplant
Grapes (imported)Watermelon
 Sweet Potato
 Honeydew Melon

(Source: Environmental Working Group.

According to The Environmental Working Group, you can lower your pesticide exposure by 80% if you avoid the “Dirty Dozen”. Remember, organic or not, eating adequate fruits and vegetables is important to your health!

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