What to buy when you are on a budget

Organic fruit & veg

Did you know that some fruits and vegetables have far greater levels of pestisides than others? Eating the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables for example can expose you to an average of 14 pesticides per day! Studies have shown that exposure to pesticides can have a serious impact on your health so when it comes to buying fruit and vegetables organic is best.

Unfortunately however, organic produce is not accessible or affordable for everyone so if you are on a budget, focus your organic dollars on where they count most – the fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide levels.

To help you determine which fruits and vegetables have the highest pesticide residues and are therefore the most important to buy organic the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization, has compiled the Dirty Dozen list. This is a list of the 12 fruit and vegetables which have been found to contain the most pesticide residues.

  1. Apple
  2. Celery
  3. strawberries
  4. peaches
  5. spinach
  6. Nectarines
  7. Grapes
  8. capsicum
  9. potatoes
  10. blueberries
  11. lettuce
  12. Kale/collard greens

So by avoiding the top 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables or by choosing the organically grown varieties  you can lower your pesticide exposure by almost 90%!