12 Fruits & Veggies You Should Eat Organic! (The DIRTY Dozen)

If you know me, I believe in the quote, “you are what you eat”, so overall I try to eat as healthy as I can (minus the chocolate outbreaks). It’s very important to me to eat organic as much as I can, wherever I can find it, at a good price. Unfortunately, organic produce and meat is a little higher than non-organic, but if you’ve ever had organic produce and meat you can taste the difference between the two.

Anyway, on to the point of this post – every year the Environmental Working Group releases it’s “dirty dozen”, 12 foods you should eat organic that year due to high pesticides in those products. The “dirty dozen” includes produce that has the highest pesticide residue and is ranked based on that. It’s said that people reduce their risk of exposure to pesticides by 80% when they choose organic produce. Therefore, it’s very important to pay attention to what’s most important to eat organic.


Apples are frequently on the dirty dozen list due to their high risk of 45 different pesticides. Farmers often spray chemicals on apples because of their high risk of fungus and insects.





Strawberries are also very likely to be on the dirty dozen list, due to their high risk of fungus resulting in farmers spraying chemicals. Strawberries have leftover residue from the chemicals when sold in stores, and more than 40 different pesticides have been found on strawberries.




Always on the dirty dozen list, high risk of pesticides.





celery.jpgMore than 60 different pesticides found on celery.






peachesPeaches also have been found to have more than 60 pesticides on them.







With more than 50 pesticides found on spinach, you definitely want to buy organic for this vegetable. Frozen spinach has just as much, while canned spinach has the least amount of pesticides out of the three.




sweetpeppsI love sweet bell peppers, and although they are costly even as non-organic, they have been found to have over 50 pesticides.





nectarines.jpgThe most highly contaminated tree fruits, found to have over 33 pesticides on them. Domestic nectarines do not have as many pesticides as imported nectarines.





cucumbersCucumbers have a whopping 86 different pesticides that have been found on the skin when ready to eat! That’s a lot…






There are many pesticides found on tomatoes, and it’s best to grow your own or buy organic.






Potatoes have been found to have more than 30 pesticides on them when tested by USDA.






Hot Peppers also have a high risk of leftover pesticides on them when ready to eat.




greens.jpgKale is another vegetable that has high pesticide residue when ready to eat, fortunately this vegetable is not hard to find organic in grocery stores.





collard.jpgVery important to buy organic, as it has over 45 pesticides left over when ready to ea.





So, I actually included a couple more vegetables and fruits that are important to eat organic. There is also a list of non-organic produce that is safe to eat, such as avocado. Avocado has a thick skin, which means the pesticides do not make their way to the inside of the avocado. Another produce item to not worry about so much is pineapple, as they also have a thick skin which means pesticides cannot find their way into the center.

In the near future I will be posting about foods that are acceptable to eat as non-organic, so stay tuned for that! I hope this has helped any of my followers who are interested in eating organic and saving money.





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