The Dirty Dozen

 

Each year, the Environmental Working Group releases a list of the top 12 fruits and vegetables found to have the highest levels of pesticide residue compared to when farmed organically. This helps consumers to decide what foods are best to buy and eat organic.

 

The levels of pesticide residue found on these fruits and vegetables are very low and well within what is considered safe levels, but nonetheless many of us are concerned with farming methods and prefer to eat organic.

 

The Dirty Dozen 2019:

 

Strawberries

Spinach

Kale

Nectarines

Apples

Grapes

Peaches

Cherries

Pears

Tomatoes

Celery

Potatoes

 

The EWG also produces the Clean Fifteen list of fruit and vegetables that contained the least amount of pesticide residue when tested. This shows the vegetables that don’t necessarily need to be bought organic:

Avocados

Sweetcorn

Pineapples

Frozen peas

Onions

Papayas

Aubergines

Asparagus

Kiwi

Cabbages

Cauliflower

Cantaloupe Melon

Broccoli

Mushrooms

Honeydew Melon

 

Taking all this into account, should we be eating more organic vegetables? Organic vegetables can be a lot more expensive so does that mean we should change our eating habits? Even the EWG says that the benefits of eating non-organic food outweigh the risks, due to the massive health benefits gained from eating fruit and vegetables (especially green leafy veg like Spinach and Kale!) so the advice when it comes to vegetables is ‘more is more’. Go organic if there is an alternative option and you can afford it. But if not don’t worry and continue to eat as many portions of fruit and veg as you can (ideally between 5-10 portions each day).

 

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