Prioritizing Organic

Many people are interested in incorporating more organic food into their diets, but it can be an expensive switch. So how do you decide what items are the most important to buy organic? Here is a list from the Environmental Working Group that details the types of produce that typically have the highest levels of pesticide residues. Simply buying these items in the organic version could greatly cut down on the amount of pesticides you are consuming. If you are trying to prioritize what products to buy organic, this is a great place to start. Besides produce, buying organic animal products (milk, eggs, meat, etc.) can also be a healthy choice, since pesticides get more concentrated as they move up the food chain. This means that eating a small amount of conventional animal products can have just as much pesticide residue as a much larger quantity of conventional produce.

  1. Apples
  2. Peaches
  3. Nectarines
  4. Strawberries
  5. Grapes
  6. Celery
  7. Spinach
  8. Bell peppers
  9. Cucumber
  10. Cherry tomatoes
  11. Snap pea
  12. Potatoes
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