Organic Versus Not Organic, That is the Question!
First, I want to emphasize that you will make a HUGE leap forward just by eliminating highly processed foods from your diet and replacing them with cleaner, less-processed foods. That, in itself, deserves a round of applause, a pat on the back and a huge high five! Whether you’re finding it at a local market or purchasing it organically, you’re making awesome progress!
The Dirty Dozen Versus the Clean 15 Lists.
A great thing to consider when weighing organic versus non-organic fruits and vegetables is EWG's Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 Lists. These lists rank the pesticide contamination of many common fruits and vegetables and can help you cut down on cost by choosing which produce are more imperative to purchase organically than others.
The Wash and Peel Myth!
This next part is IMPORTANT! Many people think that by simply washing or peeling their produce, they can eliminate pesticide contamination. I hate to say it but this is far from the truth! EWG's lists use samples of fruits and vegetables that were tested after the produce had been thoroughly washed and peeled. Simply put, certain pesticides absorb INTO the food, not just ON it. This means you can wash your fruits and veggies until your fingers turn as wrinkly as a prune and you'll still be ingesting toxic substances.
THE DIRTY DOZEN
The Dirty Dozen list shows the 12 fruits and vegetables with the highest amounts of pesticide residues. For produce on the “dirty” list, you should highly consider going organic — unless you enjoy the idea of consuming a chemical cocktail.
THE CLEAN 15
The Clean 15 list ranks the least contaminated fruits and vegetables. These have little to no traces of pesticides and are safe to consume in non-organic form.
Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and less processed food products. If buying organic is not financially feasible for you, use these two lists to buy organic when it comes to produce that is more heavily contaminated with pesticides.