The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is an American non-profit environmental organization that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of toxic chemicals, agricultural subsidies, public lands, and corporate accountability.
Back in June, the EWG released their "Dirty Dozen" list. The "Dirty Dozen" are the fruits and vegetable that are most pesticide laden, while the "Clean 15" on the other hand, contain the lowest pesticide residue. This list is an extremely handy guide when you want to know which produce you should buy organic when you're doing your grocery shopping
"So why should I go by this list?" you ask? First of all, EWG's analysis found that consumers could cut their exposure to pesticides by almost 90 percent by avoiding the most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating the least contaminated instead. Even if there wasn't growing scientific evidence suggesting that pesticides have a negative effect on our health, think about it for a second...Given the choice, don't you think it's healthier to consume less of a chemical compound that is used to kill insects and pests? I think it is!
Also, when you're on a budget, narrowing down the list to buying only what you need to buy organic can save you some $$$, especially when a lot of stores are still charging more for organic produce.
For my own health, I always try to eat a varied diet, wash my produce and buy organic when at all possible. Treat your body right and give it a try! What's the worst that could happen? You'll take a step to improving your overall health and well-being? Hey, sounds good to me :-)
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Sweet bell peppers
Lowest in Pesticide