The Dirty Dozen: Top 12 Foods You Should Be Buying Organic

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday List is actually a Top Twelve list.  Organic food obviously costs more, so it’s not always an ideal option for every family to buy everything they consume in the organic section.  Here’s a list of the 12 fruits and vegetables that contain the most pesticides.  If you’re not ready to make the plunge into a completely organic diet, here’s the list of the most important produce to start with.  Kale was on the list in years past, but traded places this year with cucumbers.  That doesn’t mean that it is out of the woods so to speak as far as pesticides go.  Green beans just squeaked by and didn’t make the list this year, but they are another one to watch out for, since they too are grown with a concerning number of pesticides.  These numbers are recorded AFTER washing.  If you aren’t washing your produce, then you are ingesting way more!  Looking for produce that doesn’t have as many pesticides?  Check out the list of the Clean 15!

Apples: Contain 42 different kinds of pesticides

Blueberries: Contain 52 Kinds of pesticides

Celery: 64 kinds of pesticides

Grapes: 34 kinds of pesticides

Peaches: 62 kinds of pesticides

Lettuce: 51 kinds of pesticides

Nectarines: 33 kinds of pesticides

Potatoes: 37 kinds of pesticides

Spinach: 48 kinds of pesticides

Strawberries: 54 kinds of pesticides

Sweet Bell Peppers: 49 kinds of pesticides



4 responses to “The Dirty Dozen: Top 12 Foods You Should Be Buying Organic

  1. Cynthia Matos-Medina

    Thank you for this. It makes such a big difference when you see the numbers

    • I know, and I admit, I don’t always think about it, but doing this posts makes me want to pay more attention to the produce I give my kids

      • Cynthia Matos-Medina

        Absolutely. I went to the market yesterday after getting my kids from school (big mistake) and they wanted some apples and I screamed “Wait! get them organic those have 42 kinds of pesticides.” You should’ve seen the look in people’s faces hahaha 😀 Thank you.

      • lol, that’s good though. I always thought locally grown produce was better, but apparently if it’s not organic, it still has pesticides- oh and I brought my kids to the public market once, never again!

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