Should I spend the money to buy organic or not? Ideally, it is great to buy everything organic. However, sometimes it is too costly or not available. In 2015, these items have been shown to have the highest amounts of pesticides. So reducing these items or buying them organic would be a smart move.
The 2015 Dirty Dozen List
8. Sweet Bell Peppers
10. Cherry tomatoes
11. Snap peas (imported)
Plus these two, which have a highly toxic insecticide.
13. Hot peppers
14. Kale/ Collard Greens
Look for the organic sign. If you don’t see it, find the sticker on the produce. Anything that starts with the number “9” or has the number “9” in a larger font means it is organic!
Why should you care if your products are organic? Well, pesticides are toxins so the assumption is that they cannot be good for us especially during fetal development and childhood years. So, the “Dirty Dozen” was developed by the EWG (Environmental Working Group), which is a nonprofit organization. Eating less from the “Dirty Dozen” will help reduce the amount of pesticides ingested. The “Dirty Dozen” list is comprised of information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture pesticide and residue data on 48 popular fruits and vegetables.
Eat cleaner by staying away from the “Dirty Dozen”.