Despite the attempts made by the mainstream world to discount eating healthy, organic and pesticide free, it seems that more people are beginning to choose a healthier lifestyle. However, whether you have been eating this way for awhile, or are new to organic living, it pays to understand what you are up against.
Thankfully, the Environmental Working Group releases a list each year that is referred to as the ‘Dirty Dozen List’ that is a comprehensive list of fruits and vegetables that contain the most pesticides. The list is based upon laboratory testing that has been done by the USDA Pesticide Testing Program and the FDA.
And to make things even simpler, the list is created in order of those that are the most contaminated (1) to those that are the least contaminated (12). However, any that made the list are highly contaminated with chemical pesticides that are dangerous.
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Cherry Tomatoes
Conversely, the EWG guide also provides a list of the cleanest fruits and veggies which they have dubbed the ‘Clean Fifteen.’
The Clean 15
- Sweet Corn
- Frozen Sweet Peas
So why should we be worried about pesticides? Pesticides have been linked to a number of health issues including respiratory problems, cognitive issues, depression, birth defects, a variety of cancers, infertility, and neurological conditions.
And if you have decided to choose a healthier lifestyle, for you, for your children, and for your family, it is important that you understand which fruits and veggies could be counter productive for your new lifestyle. However, if you continually choose certified organic products or opt to grow your own organic food, you should be okay.