Buying organic, at times just seems unrealistic. The prices are outrageous and often times you have to make a special trip to a health food store on top of your weekly grocery store shopping. It all just seems exhausting.
To help prioritize your food dollars, heres the current list of the Clean 15 the best conventionally grown produce to buy, as determined by the Environmental Working Group.
Note: I do not recommend buying conventional Corn, Papaya or Peas even though the pesticide levels are extremely low they are likely to be GMO which I consider as bad, if not worse than high pesticide levels. So my recommendations would be for a list of Clean 12!
According to Environmental Working Group these are Clean Fifteen for 2013:
3. Sweet Corn
7. Sweet Peas
With that rind, canteloupe has a natural defense against the onslaught of any chemical.
15. Sweet Potato
Its not that the Clean 15 always contain no residue of fungicides or insect killers its just that the best choices often dont. Onions, asparagus, sweet corn, pineapple, mango and avocado had no detectable pesticide residues on at least 90 percent of produce sampled by the government, according toEWG. Most cabbage sampled (82 percent) had no detectible pesticides. Ditto for eggplant (75.4 percent). You can save money by buying the fruits and veggies on this list and putting your savings toward produce that is more important to purchase organically if you want to limit how much pesticide you inadvertently consume. Among other reasons, many pesticides disrupt male hormones, new research shows. If money is no object, go ahead and always buy organic. If customers are concerned about pesticides in general, EWG spokesman Alex Formuzis tells Consumer Ally, then they should buy organic for as many foods as possible.(1)
To this list, I would another caveat: When it comes to pesticide use, there is more to consider than just the residues that are ingested by the consumer. Although peeled foods such as mangoes, avocadoes and kiwis may spare the consumer from significant pesticide exposure, it is possible that large amounts of pesticides and herbicides are used on the farms from which these originate, contaminating groundwater, promoting erosion and otherwise damaging local ecosystems. To help promote the health of the planet as well as your own health, its best to buy organic whenever possible, including when you are purchasing the foods listed above. Although I understand that this is not always realistic for many folks money tends to be the deciding factor for lots of us. At least with more information we can make the best decision for ourselves, our families and the planet.