Buying organic is a smart choice to reduce your exposure to harmful pesticides, herbicides, and other poisonous agricultural chemicals, which are a major source of the toxins to which we are exposed.

The Environmental Working Group states: “people can lower their pesticide exposure by almost 80% by avoiding the top twelve most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating the least contaminated instead.”

Ranked in order from greatest to least pesticide loads, these are the top 12 fruits and vegetables to buy organic.


Dirty Dozen: Buy Organic

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines – Imported
  7. Grapes – Imported
  8. Sweet Bell Peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries – domestic
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale/Collard Greens

Ranked in order from least to greatest pesticide loads, these are the top 15 fruits and vegetables that are safe to buy conventionally (non-organic).

“Clean 15”: Optional to Buy Organic

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Asparagus
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Mangos
  8. Eggplant
  9. Cantaloupe – domestic
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cabbage
  12. Watermelon
  13. Sweet Potatoes
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Mushrooms


If you are interested in learning more about healthy eating, please inquire about our upcoming Spring into Wellness Cleanse with registered and licensed dietitian Renee Clerkin.


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