Which should you choose? Organic produce has strict regulations against the use of synthetic pesticides. Conventionally grown produce does not. But, organic produce reduces exposure to chemicals, pesticides and other nasty items. However, you don’t have to buy organic all the time. In fact, some produce is more likely to be perfectly fine when grown conventionally. So what is the health conscience shopper to do?
To help prioritize your organic shopping, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases lists of the most and least pesticide-contaminated produce each year based on extensive laboratory testing. By simply avoiding the conventionally cultivated food included on the “Dirty Dozen” list, you can drastically reduce your exposure to pesticides.
Next week I will share the “Clean 15”.
Remember: It is always better to eat fruits and veggies regardless of how they are grown rather than not eat them at all.