Friday, February 5, 2010

Organic Ingredients, Not Always Necessary

We all know that pesticides are not good for our bodies. The exposure to toxic chemicals can have an even more adverse effect in children. The metabolism of a fetus, infant and child is less able to metabolize and inactivate toxic chemicals, being more vulnerable to the harmful effects of pesticides.

Consuming organic food minimizes the problem, but it is generally expensive, and not accessible to everybody. The Environmental Working Group developed a list of vegetables and fruits that contain the highest amount of pesticides, and the ones that are generally clear. So, be wise and don't spend the extra cash when not necessary.

Rank starting with the fruits and veggies with the highest load of pesticides:

1. Peach (highest load of pesticides)
2. Apple
3. Bell Pepper
4. Celery
5. Nectarine
6. Strawberry
7. Cherry
8. Kale
9. Lettuce
10. Grapes - imported
11. Carrot
12. Pear
13. Collard Greens
14. Spinach
15. Potato
16. Green Beans
17. Summer Squash
18. Pepper
19. Cucumber
20. Raspberry
21. Grapes - domestic
22. Plum
23. Orange
24. Cauliflower
25. Tangerine
26. Mushroom
27. Banana
28. Winter Squash
29. Cantaloupe
30. Cranberry
31. Honeydew Melon
32. Grapefruit
33. Sweet Potato
34. Tomato
35. Brocoli
36. Watermelon
37. Papaya
38. Eggplant
39. Cabbage
40. Kiwi
41. Sweet Pea
42. Asparagus
43. Mango
44. Pineapple
45. Sweet Corn
46. Avocado
47. Onion (lowest load of pesticides)

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By Renata B.L.Lerch


  1. Thank you so much for this list, because my boyfriend is trying to be smart about his spending and health at the same time, and this could really help him.

  2. This is an interesting list. I have always wondered about the amount of pesticides in our food. Thanks for posting.

  3. Thanks for this list. I am trying to eat chemical free as much as possible. I do buy organic and it can be costly. This will be helpful.