The Dirty Dozen Plus

Choosing Organic Produce

Summer is the perfect time to load up on vegetables and fruits, as so many are in season and taste wonderful right now! While eating fresh produce is the best way to obtain the nutrients that support optimum health, the pesticides used on many crops remain a major health concern.  If it fits your budget,  we recommend buying these organic whenever possible so you can reap the health benefits of fruits and vegetables without exposing yourself and your family to potentially harmful chemicals. The following is the latest “Dirty Dozen” list from the Environmental Working Group (EWG.) . According to EWG, common growing practices make the crops listed below the most likely to contain higher pesticide residues:

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Nectarines
  • Cucumbers
  • Potatoes
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Hot peppers

Also on the list – these foods, which may contain organophosphate insecticides. The EWG characterizes them as “highly toxic” and of special concern:

  • Kale/collard greens
  • Summer squash