Eating whole, unprocessed foods is imperative to good health. We know eating organic is good for you because it minimizes your exposure to toxic pesticides but sometimes you’re not able to do all of your grocery shopping in the organic aisle. Here’s a guide to show you how to choose organic fruits and vegetables. We’ve listed the items that are most important to purchase organic and which items will do less harm to you if they don’t happen to have that special sticker.
Meet the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Fruits and Vegetables
The Dirty Dozen (in order of contamination)
- Sweet bell peppers
The Clean 15 (in order of least contamination)
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet peas
- Sweet potatoes
Some of the fruit and vegetables are sprayed right before they are sent to market, making them potentially more harmful. This article does not mention the problems with GMO and the very toxic sprays used in these plants. That is the topic for another article. Sweet corn unfortunately has slipped in many cases from the clean list to the sprayed list.