Eating fresh produce is the best way to obtain the nutrients that support optimum health, but the pesticides used on many crops remain a major health concern. By choosing organic foods, you can reap the health benefits of fruits and vegetables without exposing yourself and your family to potentially harmful chemicals. Pesticides present real health risks, particularly to children and those with health concerns. The toxicity most commonly associated with pesticides in animal studies include disruptions in the normal functioning of the nervous and endocrine systems, and increased risks of cancer.
As part of my support of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and their recently updated Shopper’s Guide, I am presenting the newest "Dirty Dozen" list – produce you should buy only in organically grown form. According to EWG, common growing practices make the crops listed below the most likely to contain higher pesticide residues:
- Sweet bell peppers
- Cherry tomatoes
- Hot peppers
Also on the list – these foods, which may contain organophosphate insecticides. The EWG characterizes them as "highly toxic" and of special concern:
- Kale/collard greens
- Summer squash
Learn more about why you shouldn’t eat these foods in the Dirty Dozen Plus photo album.
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