Firstly, these pesticides apparently break down the nutrient content of the fruit or
vegetable. So we are getting much less of the nutritional value we are searching for in our
Secondly, they just taste better! Try it yourself...do a taste test. The Organic (pesticide free) fruits and veggies are bursting with luscious flavor!
Finally, Pesticide ingestion is obviously not good for us. It has been known to cause mild symptoms like headaches and fatigue as well as being linked to cancer and parkinsons disease. Please pass me the Organic Fruits and Veggies!!
I have found the list below to be extremely helpful in shopping for my fruit and vegetables. You will find that some are listed with much lower levels of pesticides so it is ok to buy conventional in those cases.
Let's face it, organic is expensive so a list like this will help you navigate the produce department with ease and without crashing your budget.
1. I highly suggest trying out Trader Joe's for well priced organics. The package will clearly tell you if it is organic.
2. I know Costco sells organic spinach.
3. Your most interesting and fun option is to hit a farmers market in your area. The produce will be organic, plus it is usually local so your veggies were probably just plucked from the soil! Nothing taste better than fresh plucked veggies or fruit.
The full list is below...but, here is a link for a wallet version to take with you to the store!
|RANK||FRUIT OR VEGGIE||SCORE|
|1 (worst)||Peach||100 (highest pesticide load)|
|3||Sweet Bell Pepper||83|
|10||Grapes - Imported||66|
|21||Grapes - Domestic||44|
|41||Sweet Peas - Frozen||10|
|45||Sweet Corn - Frozen||2|
|47 (best)||Onion||1 (lowest pesticide load)|