The most important thing you can do for your health, the environment, and the innocent animals is to go veggie.
From a young age we’re told to eat our fruits and vegetables. However, as we become more and more aware of how these fruits and vegetables are grown, and the prevalence of pesticides and chemicals, we are also becoming increasingly aware of how important it is that our fruits and vegetables be organic.
Eating organic helps reduce our exposure to pesticides and other toxic chemicals used to grow food. But going completely organic may be too drastic a measure for some. Of course it is better to eat non-organic fruits and vegetables than none at all. For a truly healthy diet, shoppers will find it helpful to prefer organic versions of those fruits and vegetables most heavily sprayed with pesticides–known as the “dirty dozen.”
In order to make shopping easier and healthier for you and your family, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released the 2013 list of the most contaminated foods, those that are the most important to buy organic. The following is based on information provided by the EWG, providing data for its 9th straight year.
Here is the 2013 “Dirty Dozen” in order from most to least pesticide-ridden:1
Kale/collard greens *
*Crops that don’t meet the traditional Dirty Dozen standards but are found to be frequently contaminated with toxic pesticides.
New to the list: Cherry tomatoes, hot peppers, summer squash
Removed from the 2012 list: Domestic blueberries, lettuce, green beans