There is a lot of information regarding the physical and environmental benefits of organic produce. The most recent study proved that children who eat organic produce versus conventional produce have significantly less pesticides in their body. Excessive pesticides in the body are linked to multiple health issues. Bottom line is Pesticides are poison so why would I want to put them in my body? Contrary to popular belief you cannot simply wash off pesticides.
Below is a list of the produce that contains the highest amount of pesticides and therefore you should try to purchase organic or substitute with something else. It can be more expensive at times, so I suggest purchasing bulk amounts when on sale and freezing for later use.
The Dirty Dozen Produce List (produce with the highest levels of pesticides):
celery, apples, potatoes, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, nectarines, sweet bell peppers, grapes, lettuce, spinach/kale/collard greens.
According to the Environmental Working Group you can reduce your pesticide exposure by 80% simply avoiding the most contaminated products. I buy organic where it matters as well as if the organic version of a product is barely more expensive than the conventional. Like I've said many times before. It's all about reducing your exposure.
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