Buying only organic food can be pricey and hard to find. You have to take trips back and forth to the supermarket just to make one meal that costs almost as much as your favorite restaurant just to get a meal free of pesticides.
While it is ideal to buy everything organic, sometimes it is just not practical. If I was a billionaire with a couple of assistants, I’d buy all organic everything. Organic toilet paper, an organic car even organic forks that my assistant could pick from the fork tree and when they were ripe I could eat my fork after my meal so I wouldn’t have to wash my forks.
But seeing as I’m a normal Joe, my fork tree is currently just a fantasy, and eating a regular fork is really hard on the gums. So, if you’re like me, you need help knowing what organic foods you should splurge on and what produce is fine to eat even if it’s not organic.
Thanks to a new study, we now know which non-organic fruits and vegetables have the highest levels of pesticides and which ones have the lowest levels of pesticides so that you can shop smart, healthily and cheap.
Okay, so what is this new study?
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) puts out an annual report where they list the “Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean Fifteen.” The dirty dozen is the twelve fruits and vegetables that have tested highest for pesticides whereas the clean fifteen are the fifteen fruits and vegetables that tested the lowest. So that means the dirty dozens are bad and the clean fifteen is good. If the fruit or vegetable is on the clean fifteen then it is one of the safest non-organic fruit or vegetable to eat. If the fruit or vegetable is on the dirty dozen list then I would stay away from the non-organic version and spend the money to get the organic type so you can best stay pesticide-free. This is good advice if you’re a human but especially if you’re a bug.
What’s the clean fifteen?
The clean fifteen fruits and vegetables are amazing and delicious. Obviously, if you find organic and nonorganic for the same price I’d still go for organic but if you are looking to save some money, these are the fruits and vegetables that you can buy inorganic and get by without a lot of pesticides.
The top of the list is sweet corn and avocados where only 1% tested positive for any pesticides at all. The rest on this list are pineapples, cabbage, onions, frozen sweet peas, papayas, asparagus, mangos, eggplant, honeydew melon, kiwi, cantaloupe, cauliflower, and grapefruit.
Alright lay it on me, what’s the dirty dozen?
And the award for the most pesticide-ridden, non-organic fruit or vegetable of the year goes to…drumroll please…strawberries! Strawberries take the most pesticide-ridden crown for the second year in a row wIth the most contaminated strawberry having traces of twenty different pesticides. Strawberries took down the heavyweight apples last year even though they had won the past five yeas before that. The rest of the list goes as follows, spinach, nectarines, apples, peaches, pears, cherries, grapes, celery, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers and lastly potatoes.
So if you’re going to splurge on some organic fruits and veggies, splurge on these over the clean fifteen and you’ll be happier and healthier, especially if you’re a bug.