Top 10 Produce You Should Buy Organic

USDA organic Ideally, everyone would be eating the freshest and safest foods possible–Everyone would be eating 100% organically, however, budgets are tight and a great deal of people simply cannot afford to purchase a great deal of organic foods. That’s completely understandable, I can’t afford to eat all organically, but it is important to make sure you’re purchasing some organic foods, mainly produce.

Produce, as many may know, contains a great deal of pesticides if not grown organically and more than 80% of the most common pesticides are potentially carcinogenic, meaning that they contain an agent directly involved in the promotion of cancer or in the increase of its propagation. Scary, right? I know! Luckily, the Environmental Working Group has put together a downloadable wallet guide containing the worst and best produce, in terms of pesticide levels.

For your immediate attention, here is a list of the top 10 produce you should most definitely be buying organic, every time.

1. Peaches – pesticide load: 100
2. Apples – pesticide load: 96
3. Bell Peppers – pesticide load: 86
4. Celery – pesticide load: 85
5. Nectarines – pesticide load: 84
6. Strawberries – pesticide load: 83
7. Cherries – pesticide load: 75
8. Lettuce – pesticide load: 69
9. Grapes (imported) – pesticide load: 68
10. Pears – pesticide load: 65

But can’t you just wash or peel your produce to get rid of pesticides?

While you may think that washing or peeling your produce can effectively remove pesticides from your food, the truth is that while these tactics may reduce levels of some pesticides, it does not eliminate them. The best option is to eat a varied diet, wash all produce, and choose organic when possible to reduce exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.

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Holly

Holly is a writer with a penchant for sarcasm, aspiring domestic goddess, and stress baker. She is the founder and editor of Woman Tribune, and lives in rural Northeastern, Pennsylvania with her fiance and their 5 cats.

4 Responses

  1. Carla says:

    I keep this list with me in my purse whenever I shop at a place that isn’t all organic (our farmers markets and a few indie health food stores are) to make sure I’m not buying the “dirtiest” produce. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Green Tip says:

    I also heard that potatoes are full of herbicides and pesticides because they soak it all up while growing in the ground. A good rule of thumb that I try to stick by is to go organic on anything that grows in or close to the ground. Thanks for sharing the list!

  3. Bob Riley says:

    Guys as long as Monsanto walks freely you’ll see less and less organic crops. That monster company is backed by none other than top politicians because they’re being lobbied every year with millions. They’re now trying to take over seed distribution which leaves no choice to farmers. They program seeds so that they self destruct and cannot be reused for the next crop. The only way to stop is educate ourselves and try to support organic farmers. I’m currently compiling data about direct link of cancer and GMO crops.

  4. Great article, green and organic foods are good for you, but standard grown food are not that bad, not at least all of them.

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