Should I buy Organic?

We’ve all heard the word “ORGANIC” but is it really necessary to buy only organic fruits & veggies? According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) there are 12 produce items you should DEFINITELY buy organic whenever possible. For the past decade, the EWG has released a list called the “Dirty Dozen,” 12 fruits & veggies that contain the highest amount of pesticides. Pesticides have been linked to developmental problems in children, and may act as carcinogens or throw off the endocrine system, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. They are also linked to cancer, birth defects, infertility, and kidney failure. In order to avoid the risk of exposure, I suggest you read this year’s “Dirty Dozen” below:

1. Apples
2. Strawberries
3. Grapes
4. Celery
5. Peaches
6. Spinach
7. Sweet Bell Peppers
8. Nectarins – Imported
9. Cucumbers
10. Cherry Tomatoes
11. Snap Peas – Imported
12. Potatoes

The good part is, the EWG also releases a list of the “Clean 15.” This list includes the fruits & veggies with the least amount of pesticide residue, and have tested low for total pesticide concentration. Feel free to eat these in a “non-organic” state!

1. Avocados
2. Sweet corn
3. Pineapples
4. Cabbage
5. Frozen sweet peas
6. Onions
7. Asparagus
8. Mangoes
9. Papayas
10. Kiwis
11. Eggplant
12. Grapefruit
13. Cantaloupe
14. Cauliflower
15. Sweet potatoes

Happy Eating!

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