Pesticides: The 12 Cleanest and 12 Riskiest Non-Organic Foods

Fresh produce is delicious. The bugs think so too. Farmers of organic produce are restricted from using chemicals called pesticides to kill the bugs, but farmers of non-organic produce are allowed to use them. Though they don’t kill humans, pesticides aren’t good for us to ingest either. With that in mind, here is a list of the non-organic foods that undergo the least exposure to pesticides and the most exposure to pesticides, respectively. Aim to eat more of the low-pesticide-exposure, “clean” foods, if you can.

A grocery store display for carrots, corn on the cob, and cabbage
Corn has low pesticide exposure | Photo by Elizabeth Layman

Below are the twelve “cleanest non-organic foods,” according to Living-foods.com:

  1. Asparagus
  2. Avocados
  3. Bananas
  4. Broccoli
  5. Cauliflower
  6. Corn (sweet) (Keep in mind that this could be genetically modified.)
  7. Kiwi
  8. Mangos
  9. Onions
  10. Papaya
  11. Pineapples
  12. Peas (sweet)

Since the Environmental Working Group (EWG) reports that more than half of our total dietary risk from pesticides comes from just twelve foods, it is also helpful to learn about the foods you should avoid eating often. Here are the twelve “riskiest non-organic foods,” according to Living-foods.com:

  1. Apples
  2. Bell Peppers
  3. Celery
  4. Cherries
  5. Imported Grapes
  6. Nectarines
  7. Peaches
  8. Pears
  9. Potatoes
  10. Red Raspberries
  11. Spinach
  12. Strawberries
A grocery store display stacked high of red apples and green apples
Apples have high pesticide exposure | Photo by Elizabeth Layman

Eating these foods in moderation or substituting them with foods from the clean foods list will help cut down on your exposure to unhealthy pesticides.

When choosing foods from the clean foods list, however, remember that corn is likely to be pesticide free but also genetically modified. Thus, for produce like corn, the most careful consumers should seek out organic alternatives that will be both pesticide free and not genetically modified.

For more information, check out another helpful resource listed below:
Dr. Mercola’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce

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