An organic apple a day will keep the doctor away! But a non-organic one could be harmful. Knowing which varieties of produce contain the most pesticides will help keep you and your family healthy. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzes pesticide residue data from the USDA and ranks 48 popular produce from worst to best. It may cost a bit more to buy that organic apple, but isn’t a few cents worth it to your health?
The Dirty Dozen
This list now includes 14 foods you should always buy organic, what we call the Filthy Fourteen. Always buy these fruits and vegetables organic:
Sweet Bell Peppers
Snap Peas - Imported
Kale / Collard Greens
The Clean Fifteen
If you can’t find organic, it’s okay to eat the following fruits and vegetables non-organic. According to the Environmental Working Group, a small amount of sweet corn, papaya, and summer squash sold in the U.S. is produced from genetically engineered (GE) seedstock, so if you want to avoid GE produce, buy these organic
Sweet peas frozen
Check the Environmental Working Group for a complete list of the dirtiest and cleanest varieties of conventional produce.