When to Choose Organic

Worried about pesticides but can’t afford organic fruits and vegetables? According to one nonprofit research group, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweighs the risks of pesticide exposure.

Still, for those of who are concerned, check out this handy list of the 15 least contaminated fruits and vegetables: onions, sweet corn, pineapples, avocado, cabbage, sweet peas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, kiwi, cantaloupe (domestic), sweet potatoes, grapefruit, watermelon and mushrooms.

Want to avoid pesticides? Here’s what the Environmental Working Group considers the most contaminated: apples, celery, sweet bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, imported nectarines, grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, domestic blueberries and potatoes. The EWG also recommends going organic when it comes to green beans and kale/greens because they contain toxic insecticides.

Source: Environmental Working Group

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