If you are visiting this site then it is likely that you invest some time and or money into taking care of yourself.  Part of that would be eating fresh produce.  Yes filling your diet with produce is a good step to great health but have you considered to find out what produce is safe to eat and what is risky in regards to pesticide exposure?  There are times when we can get away with eating conventional produce over organic and times when we should avoid imported produce.  Below you will find two lists of conventional produce tested for a myriad of toxic pesticides.  The lists are separated into highly contaminated and trace amounts or no contaminates.  Read up and use these lists as a guide to when to go organic vs. conventional if organic 100% of the time is not a option. 

The “Dirty Dozen”  2015
This is a list of produce which showed the highest pesticide loads than any other produce items for last year.
  • apples
  • peaches
  • nectarines
  • strawberries
  • grapes
  • celery
  • spinach
  • sweet bell peppers
  • cherry tomatoes
  • imported snap peas
  • imported potatoes
  • cucumbers
“Pesticides persisted on fruits and vegetables tested by USDA, even when they were washed and, in some cases, peeled”. – EWG
The “Clean Fifteen” 2015
This is a list of produce that is least likely to hold pesticide residues.
  • avocados
  • sweet corn
  • onions
  • pineapples
  • cabbage
  • frozen sweet peas
  • asparagus
  • mangos
  • papayas
  • kiwis
  • eggplant
  • grapefruit
  • cantaloupe
  • cauliflower
  • sweet potatoes
For a more complete summary of these list visit the Environmental Working Group.  This page contains a lot of interesting facts about the produce we consume.  Such as that only one percent of avocado samples showed any detectable pesticides.  They also highlight genetically engineered produce, pesticides in baby food, effects of pesticide exposure in children and pregnant women, how to avoid consuming these pesticides, how the tests are conducted, and the “Dirty Dozen Plus” (leafy greens and hot peppers).
If you enjoy eating well and eating safe but are on a budget, then use these lists as a reference to when to buy organic and when you can get away with conventional (avocados is defiantly a product to buy conventional if you need to watch your spending).
In my household we put a emphasis on purchasing organic produce.  This gives us the peace of mind of being safe and it is a lot cheaper than medical bills later in life when you get sick from a lifetime of consuming pesticides.
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