Top 12 (highly sprayed) Foods—Buy Organic

Buy organic when selecting these 12 fruits and vegetables (see ‘Dirty Dozen’ below).

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), research has found that people who eat the 12 most contami­nated fruits and vegetables consume an average of 10 pesticides a day. Those who eat the 15 least contaminated conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables ingest fewer than 2 pesticides daily. The Guide helps consumers make informed choices to lower their dietary pesticide load.

For more information, visit their website at www.ewg.org

Dirty Dozen: 12 worst conventional picks (contain the most pesticide residue):

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Grapes-imported
  • Carrots
  • Pears

Clean 15: 15 best picks (contain the least pesticide residue):

  • Onion
  • Avocado
  • Sweet corn
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet peas
  • Kiwi
  • Cabbage
  • Eggplant
  • Papaya
  • Watermelon
  • Broccoli
  • Tomato
  • Sweet potato

Michale Hartte, BASc (Nutr), RNCP is a Registered Nutritional Consultant and offers Customized Online Nutritional Plans through her website. Visit www.fitnhealthynutrition.com to take your FREE health assessment.