Healthy Living : 12 Vegetables / Fruits You Should Buy Organic

Dirty Dozen ListIn my quest for healthy and organic living, I have discovered that all vegetables and fruits are not equal when it comes to pesticides and chemicals.

Some require more than others. Pesticides and insecticides are linked to cancers and health issues. I try to avoid them as much as I can.

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” . . . not so much these days.  I was shocked to learn that my old favourite “apple” can contain up to 48 chemicals

EWG produces every year a “Dirty Dozen List” of  vegetables and fruits to help us reduce our exposure to pesticides and insecticides as much as possible.

Of course, EWG stresses that the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure.

I find the guide below very useful especially when trying to balance the budget of my weekly shopping!

The Dirty Dozen  (highest in pesticides)

1 – Apples
2 – Celery
3 – Peppers
4 – Peaches
5 – Strawberries
6 – Nectarines
7 – Grapes
8 – Spinach
9 – Lettuce
10 – Cucumbers
11 – Blueberries
12 – Potatoes

The Clean 15 (lowest in pesticides)

1 – Onions
2 – Sweet Corn (most corn is GM so choose organic if you want to avoid it)
3 – Pineapples
4 – Avocado
5 – Cabbage
6 – Sweet peas
7 – Asparagus
8 – Mangoes
9 – Eggplant
10 – Kiwi
11 – Cantaloupe
12 – Sweet potatoes
13 – Grapefruit
14 – Watermelon
15 – Mushrooms

Worth mentionning are green beans and leafy greens (kale and collard greens) were found to contain highly toxic organophosphate insecticides that are toxic to the nervous system. So here again go organic if you can.

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