Organic fruits and vegetables are grown without the use of pesticides. You can find organic produce options in most grocery stores or at a farmer’s market.
The fruits and vegetables on “The Dirty Dozen” list, when conventionally grown, contain the most chemical traces from pesticides. Try to purchase these items organically when possible:
The Dirty Dozen:
When you’re on a strict budget, but want to avoid as many pesticides as possible, reach for the “The Clean Fifteen” – that is, fifteen conventional fruits and vegetables that have little to no traces of pesticides. This are considered safer either because of a tough outer shell (think pineapple) or because minimal pesticides are used during the growing season.
The Clean Fifteen:
You should always thoroughly wash all fruits and vegetables with water to avoid dirt and other residues. For more information on healthy eating visit www.choosemyplate.org or www.eatright.org.