When you're buying produce, do you ever wonder which foods are the highest in pesticides and which are the lowest? I know I have. JunkMale and I would love to be able to afford organic everything, but it's just not possible with our budget. We have to prioritize. But how do we know which foods are OK to buy regular and which should be bought organic?
The good news is that there have been studies done that tell you which are the worst/best produce items as far as pesticides go. I am going to reproduce one of these lists for you here:
High Pesticide Foods (buy organic):
- Bell Pepper
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas
- Sweet Potato
According to the information compiled by the researchers, people who eat the foods highest in pesticides consume - on average - 10 different pesticides a day. Eating the foods lowest in pesticides exposes you to about 2 pesticides a day. Washing doesn't do enough to help. Peeling helps a bit more, but you lose valuable nutrients.
How do you prioritize your produce purchases? Do you buy organic all the time? None of the time? Whatever's on sale (Mom)?