We all know by now that organic fruits and vegetables are typically pricier than non-organic fruits and vegetables, but is the small amount in savings really worth the risks involved? We always encourage others to buy organic, but understand that sometimes, it’s not an option. When we are put in a position to pick and choose which fruits and vegetables are safer to buy non-organic, we turn to the Dirty Dozen list.
The EWG (Environmental Working Group) released 2018’s “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and vegetables. These 12 fruits and vegetables (non-organical) were shown to have the MOST pesticides out of the rest of the fruits and vegetables. So, if you’re going to have these fruits, it’s important to consider buying them organic!
Here is the list below from the EWG, with the percentages of detectable pesticide residues for those that were supplied:
1.) Strawberries: 22%
2.) Spinach: 97%
3.) Nectarines: 94%
4.) Apples: 90%
5.) Grapes: 96%
6.) Peaches: Over 97%
8.) Pears: Over 50%
10.) Celery: Over 95%
12.) Sweet Bell Peppers: Nearly 90%
This information is shocking - but there’s no need to be afraid of fresh produce, as long as you buy it organic! If you can’t decide whether or not it’s worth the price difference, remember that it is ALWAYS better to invest in your health above all else!
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