You may have heard about the dirty dozen- it’s not the movie from the 60’s, but it’s the list of the top 12 most pesticide-infused fruits and vegetables. I don’t always buy organic food- some fruits and vegetables don’t hold on to pesticides and other chemicals like others do, and others don’t require as many pesticides, but I always stuck to this list and bought these things organic. Then I realized through my research, that there are more fruits and vegetables than just those top 12 that should be bought organic.
Most Contaminated Fruits and Veggies
- Red & Green Peppers
GMOs aren’t often found in produce like pesticides are, but there are a few- so I stay away from these conventional (Non-Organic) foods:
- Sugar Beets
- Zucchini (Squash)
Another way to know what it is you’re eating when it comes to produce is to look at the codes on the little stickers on the fruit. These stickers not only tell you what a product is, but it also tells you how it was grown.
Stay away from- 5 digit codes that start with an “8”- These are genetically modified foods.
Do buy- produce with 5 digit codes that start with a “9”- These are certified organic.
And then those with a 4 digit code or a 5 digit code that starts with a “0” are conventional (non-organic) foods.
Hopefully these tips help make your choices a little easier when it comes to selecting produce. I was excited the other day when I went into Dominicks and found organic cherries- it’s the first time I’ve found organic cherries anywhere around- they were 5.99/lb which didn’t seem too bad. And they were delicious!
Don’t forget the other great option is to start growing your fruits and veggies in your organic garden! I’m still waiting for mine to grow, but I can’t wait until I can go out to my garden and pick what I want to make for dinner, knowing exactly where it came from and how it was grown.