Do you want to eat healthy on a budget? Does the cost of eating healthy organic foods overwhelm you? Do you want the most bang for your money? Read below to see which foods are the most polluted by pesticides and should always be eaten organic and which foods it does not really matter if they are organic or not.
This list is based on the results of nearly 43,000 pesticide tests performed on produce and collected by federal agencies between 2000 and 2008. Nearly all of the data used took into account how people typically wash and prepare produce – for example, apples were washed and bananas peeled before testing. Of the 43 different fruit and vegetable categories tested, these had the highest pesticide load, making them the most important to buy organic versions – or to grow organically yourself:
·Sweet bell peppers
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE ABOUT PESTICIDES?
Environmental Working Group (www.ewg.org) points out that there is a growing consensus in the scientific community that small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can have adverse effects on health, especially during vulnerable periods such as fetal development and childhood. Pesticides have also been linked to numerous health problems including cancers.
THE CLEAN FIFTEEN
Of the 43 different fruit and vegetable categories tested, the following fifteen foods do not have to be organic. These had the lowest pesticide load, and consequently are the safest conventionally grown crops to consume from the standpoint of pesticide contamination:
As already mentioned, the data used to create these lists is based on produce tested as it is typically eaten (meaning washed, rinsed, or peeled, depending on the type of produce). Rinsing reduces but does not eliminate pesticides. Peeling helps, but valuable nutients often go down the drain with the skin. The best approach: eat a varied diet, rinse all produce, and buy or grow organic produce when possible.