Eating organic produce is a great way to reduce your exposure to pesticides but it can get pricy! The Environmental Working Group is a helpful resource. Every year this non-profit organization tests thousands of produce samples to create a list that ranks fruits and veggies from highest to lowest pesticide content so that you can make educated shopping decisions. Opting organic for the 12 most contaminated fruits and veggies (“the dirty dozen”) can substantially lower your pesticide ingestion; apples, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and potatoes. The complete list can be found at http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/.
Remember, eating fruits and vegetables, organic or not, is always a good idea. They provide you with crucial nutrients that deliver many health benefits. Eating conventionally grown produce is still far better than skipping fruits and vegetables altogether!