Tuesday, February 23, 2010

How Dirty is Your Produce?

With the cost of organic produce sometimes costing 2 to 3 times more than conventional produce what influences your decision to buy organic or conventional? Most of us would choose not to eat foods laden with chemicals, but our pocketbooks don't allot for this. Should only the wealthy be able to afford chemical-free produce? Of course not! The Environmental Working Group compiles a handy list to help consumers make choices that are both good for their health and their pocketbook. Here's what they recommend:

The Dirty Dozen is a list of produce you want to buy organically; it carries the highest pesticide load

1. Peaches 2. Apples 3. Sweet Bell Peppers 4. Celery 5. Nectarines 6. Strawberries 7. Cherries
8. Pears 9. Kale 10. lettuce 11. Imported Grapes 12. Carrots

The Clean Fifteen is a list of produce you can safely buy conventionally; it carries the lowest pesticide load

1. Sweet Potatoes 2.Tomatoes 3. Broccoli 4. Watermelon 5. Papayas 6. Eggplant 7. Cabbage 8. Kiwi 9. Peas 10. Asparagus 11. Mangoes 12. Pineapples 13. Frozen Sweet Corn 14. Avocados 15. Onions

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