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.
Below are the twelve “cleanest non-organic foods,” according to Living-foods.com:
- Corn (sweet) (Keep in mind that this could be genetically modified.)
- 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:
- Bell Peppers
- Imported Grapes
- Red Raspberries
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