12 Foods Where Organic Matters Most

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What Is Organic Food?

Organic fruits and vegetables are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Organic meats are raised without antibiotics, growth hormones, and non-organic feed. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) must approve all farms, ranches, and other businesses that grow, handle, process, and want to label their food as organic.

The Dirty Dozen

There are 12 foods where buying organic matters most. According to the Environmental Working Group, the following is a list of fruits and veggies with the highest pesticide residues. Those with skin that is permeable or meant to be eaten pose the highest risk of ingesting the chemicals they are grown with.

  1. Apples
  2. Strawberries
  3. Grapes
  4. Celery
  5. Peaches
  6. Spinach
  7. Sweet bell peppers
  8. Nectarines
  9. Pears
  10. Cherries
  11. Potatoes
  12. Tomatoes

The Clean 15

If you can't buy organic, don't sweat it! Below is a list of 15 fruits and veggies with the least amount of crop chemical absorption.

  1. Sweet corn
  2. Onions
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocados
  5. Cabbage
  6. Frozen sweat peas
  7. Papayas
  8. Mangos
  9. Asparagus
  10. Eggplant
  11. Kiwi
  12. Cantaloupe
  13. Honeydew melon
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Cauliflower

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