If you are on a budget or just plain refuse to pay the extra for organic fruits and vegetables, there really are some good reasons to buy at least a few of those items in the organic version if you can. We buy as much organic produce as we can, and of course, sometimes you have to buy the non-organic version. But I like knowing that most of my fruits and vegetables were not sprayed with toxic chemicals. It only makes sense to avoid them – after all, you don’t go around pouring pesticides in your mouth or on your clothes, so why would you want to eat food that is either A. coated with it or B. full of it? Pesticides are toxic, and they are designed to kill bugs, weeds, rodents, fungi, rot, and other pests – do you really want to eat that stuff? These chemicals have been shown to suppress the immune system, increase the risk of breast and other cancers, disrupt the hormonal system, and do reproductive harm. And while you might initially say that you ate regular versions of these fruits and vegetables while you were growing up and you are fine now, the amount and incidences of pesticide use have skyrocketed in recent years – times have changed.
Convinced yet? Great! So now I have convinced you that you don’t want to buy the toxic pesticide versions, but you want to know which fruits and vegetables should be bought only organic and which ones it is safer to skimp on, right? Well, if you can pick and choose your organics, there are definitely fruits and veggies that either requires less pesticide or absorb less of it, so let’s take a look.
The following fruits and vegetables tend to be higher in either pesticide use and/or absorption:
- Green Beans
The following fruits and vegetables tend to have less pesticides in them:
- Kiwi Fruit
- Brussels Sprouts
Even with washing and peeling, you cannot get rid of pesticides in your fruits and vegetables. And besides, with peeling you might be losing a lot of the good nutrients. So when you can, choose the organic version of your product just to be on the safe side. But when you cannot, at least keep in mind which products contain fewer pesticides and might be safer for you to eat!
Photo by SqueakyMarmot
I was going to start research on this, but GOOD Magazine beat me to it. By the way, if you are not reading GOOD, you should check it out. Here’s a chart of what major gigantic companies own your little tiny favorite organic food companies, and you can click it for a bigger version: