It can be challenging to afford a diet that is 100% organic, especially when it comes to the produce section of the supermarket. (Have you seen how much they want for a tiny basket of organic raspberries?) So, how can you eat the recommended 6-7 servings of fruits and vegetables a day without breaking the bank, and without exposing yourself to dangerous pesticides? Help is here.
The Environmental Working Group released it’s annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce that tells consumers which fruits and vegetables have the highest concentration of harmful chemicals, and which are relatively clean. The rankings are based on data gathered by the USDA. They measure pesticide levels in produce that has been washed and peeled, just like you would prepare it at home. Some sampled items had very low rates of pesticides, (here’s looking at you, avocados), while others, like grapes and bell peppers had 15 different chemicals!
These lists can help you make informed choices about the produce you buy. Save a few dollars on conventional asparagus and onions, but, whenever possible, spring for the organic strawberries.