When a fruit or vegetable has that little USDA Organic sticker on it, it guarantees that the produce was grown without the use of chemical pesticides or genetically modified seeds. Not only is organic produce tastier and healthier for you, it is also better for the environment and the farmers who grew it.
The problem with organic produce is that it is generally more expensive than conventionally grown fruits and veggies. We could all stand to save a few dollars here and there and one way to do that is by buying produce that is on the list the Environmental Working Group has found to have the least amount of pesticide residue on it after washing.
Here are the Environmental Working Group’s Clean 15 (produce with the lowest amount of pesticides):
1. Onions: Onions don’t have as many pesky insects trying to eat them, and therefore require less pesticide spraying.
2. Sweet Corn: Sweet corn does use a fair amount of fertilizer to grow, but its thick skin keeps pesticides off the kernels.
3. Pineapples: Its thick, tough skin keeps pesticides out of its juicy insides.
4. Avocados: Like pineapples, avocados are protected by their thick skin.
5. Cabbage: Very little pesticide is needed to grow this superfood.
6. Sweet Peas: Very little pesticide residue was found on sweet peas.
7. Asparagus: Like onions, asparagus doesn’t get as many insects coming after it and therefore, needs less pesticide to grow. Continue reading