If you didn’t know every year the Environmental Working Group releases a list which analyzes Department of Agriculture test data to identify which fruits and vegetables are most and least contaminated with pesticide residues called the dirty dozen and the clean fifth-teen.
Ever since I discovered this list 3 years ago I’ve been pretty much using it as a foundation for what organic produce I do or don’t purchase, especially if any these items are staples in my diet. Basically my rule of thumb is if I don’t eat that item all the time then I don’t buy organic because…..
1. I can’t afford to buy organic all the time or I’d be broke
2. studies have shown that if you aren’t ingesting inappropriate amounts of these pesticides they don’t present any cause for concern
3. studies have also shown that the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure.
Whether you choose to buy organic or not for whatever reason you may have, it doesn’t hurt to check out their 2019 list.