The must have organic produce list has been updated for 2010 based on 100,000 pesticide residue tests. Some of the previous items on the list are no longer there, so make sure you keep this list handy next time you go shopping.
Should you buy only organic fruits and vegetables? It depends on your budget.
Buying only Organic fruit & vegetables can quickly overwhelm the household budget, but certain items should be organic when feeding children. I would stick to buying organic for produce that has the highest pesticide residue, as research has shown that exposure to pesticide either during pregnancy or early childhood can have a long term impact on health.
It has also been found that eating 5 items from the high pesticide list (aka Dirty Dozen) consume about 10 pesticides daily vs. eating from the lowest pesticide index where you consume about 2 pesticides.
So update your shopping list to know which produce to buy organically.
|MUST Buy Organic (Highest Pesticide index)||Lowest in pesticides (SAVE Money – Don’t need to buy Organic)|
|1. Celery||1. Onions|
|2. Peaches||2. Avocado|
|3. Strawberries||3. Sweet Corn|
|4. Apples||4. Pineapple|
|5. Blueberries||5. Mangos|
|6. Nectarines||6. Sweet Peas|
|7. Bell Peppers||7. Asparagus|
|8. Spinach||8. Kiwi|
|9. Kale||9. Cabbage|
|10. Cherries||10. Eggplant|
|11. Potatoes||11. Cantaloupe|
|12. Grapes (imported)||12. Watermelon|
|14. Sweet Potato|
|15. Honeydew Melon|
My husband said “Potatoes? But they are so cheap!”, when he saw this list. I told him about Michael Pollan’s book, Omnivore’s Dilemma, where he writes about this chemical Monitor they put on potatoes to control bugs, which is so toxic, that no one goes on the farm for 5 days after they apply the chemical no matter what happens on the farm. This chemical is extremely toxic to the nervous system. Once the chemical fades then it is good for consumption. Makes me wonder if McDonald’s fries are organic..NOT!
Notice how some of the most popular fruits children eat such as strawberries, blueberries, nectarines and apples are on this list? Definitely buy these organic.
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