In a perfect world, we would eat our fruit and veggies without a care about how it was grown or where it came from. Unfortunately, reality is that we often have to choose between buying organic… and non-organic produce. Harmful pesticides are widely used in today’s farming practices. Residue from these pesticides can be found on non-organic produce and pesticide intake has been linked to brain and nervous system toxicity, cancer, hormone disruption, and skin, eye, and lung irritation. Scary stuff right?! Whenever possible, it is best to buy and eat organic. It’s much better for your health and it helps promote eco friendly farming practices that protect farm workers, soil, water, and wildlife.
However… let’s be REAL!! Organic produce is not always accessible or affordable for everyone. So what should you do?? To start you can check out the list below to see which 12 fruits and veggies are the most contaminated. You can use this list as a guide to make certain fruits and vegetables a priority when it comes to buying organic. This list is based off studies from the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Be sure to check out the EWG for the entire list of produce tested and for more information.
12 Fruits and Veggies to Eat Organic
7. Sweet Bell Peppers
11. Cherry Tomatoes
12. Hot Peppers