We all know eating fruits and vegetables is good for our bodies, but all fruits and veggies are not created equal. Eating organic and natural foods is better for the planet, but it’s also better for our bodies.
Certain fruits and vegetables are covered with harmful pesticides, a group of poisons including herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides that humans probably shouldn’t consume on a regular basis.
Organic farming shuns the use of pesticides when growing fruits and veggies in favor of more natural remedies, so there are some foods that are better for you when organically grown. And not only are they better for you, they taste better too!
These are the top ten fruits and vegetables that are better eaten organic.
Apples usually come in the top five foods that should be eaten organic. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), 99 percent of apples test positive for at least one type of pesticide residue, and over 45 different pesticides have been found on them in different tests. Pesticide residue can also be found in apple sauce or juice, so it’s important to buy these foods organic in addition to whole apples.
Unless its summer time, you won’t be buying domestic strawberries. Imported strawberries regularly test positive for a variety of pesticides, as it is so important to keep them looking perfect for sale in stores worldwide.
Grapes aren’t regularly grown in the country they’re sold, so watch out for imported grapes. They have tested positive for contamination by over 50 different pesticides.
In its most recent survey, the EWG detected over 60 different pesticides present on celery. Plus organic celery is much crunchier and succulent than its non-organic alternative, so buying organic is a win-win!
Lettuce, spinach, collard greens and kale are no strangers to the EWG’s dirty dozen list. Fresh and frozen spinach contains over 50 pesticides, collard greens 45, and lettuce more than 50 different pesticides in recent tests.
The USDA has detected over 50 pesticides present on non-organic potatoes in recent tests. However, sweet potatoes don’t seem to have the same problem.
Peaches and Nectarines
Growing these stone fruits is a difficult proposition. They are highly susceptible to insects and disease, and are thus usually loaded with dangerous pesticides. More than 33 pesticides have been found on nectarines, and a whopping 60 different pesticides on peaches.
All color varieties of sweet bell peppers are equally contaminated with pesticides. Testing bell peppers revealed residue from almost 50 different pesticides.
Cherry tomatoes are another highly vulnerable crop, and are therefore loaded with pesticides on commercial farms. If you can, try growing your own tomatoes or buy organic.
Cucumbers could contain residue from as many as 85 pesticides! Fortunately, most of these can be removed by peeling your cucumbers, but better to buy organic and not risk it.