Which Fruits and Vegs to Buy Organic?

Do you want to start using more organic food in your diet?

A great place to start is fresh fruits and vegetables.

You don’t need to switch overnight from conventional to all organic. If you are switching to organic to reduce pesticide exposure, take a look at the “Shoppers Guide to Pesticides”, listing the produce containing the highest traces of pesticide residue. Not all veggies are created alike, and not all are sprayed in equal quantities.

The list is annually updated by the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting youngsters from toxins.

What you need to know:

Pesticides are toxic in high dosages, but the question is what happens with repeated exposures in tiny amounts. Evidence has been around for years that pesticide may be the cause of skin and eye irritations, various nervous system diseases, cancer, and hormonal imbalances. The argument is over the acceptable dosages.

Some plants are more resistant to predators than others, that’s why there’s a huge variation in pesticide use between onions and strawberries. Other factors include surface area for pesticide to linger on (lettuce leaves have much more than a kiwi), distance from the ground (roots and strawberries vs peas), and thickness of skin (watermelon vs peach).

What to do at the supermarket:

Don’t automatically give up on organic produce just because it sounds expensive. Ease in to organic produce using the list above. In addition you may find good prices on fruit and vegetables in season, when supply is very high.

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