ORGANIC. How important is it? When it comes to fruits and veggies, you’ve heard it here before- the important thing is that you’re eating them at all.
That being said, pesticides are nasty. In an ideal world, it wouldn’t be an issue. And neither would smelly people on the subways or people screaming on the fire escapes at night (like, seriously?) or skeezy guys (if you are one,take note. Stop.). Unfortunately, pesticides exist – and their intention is to kill little bugs that we don’t want in our food. However, with that comes adverse side effects – in animal studies, these include cancer and nervous system problems and reproductive effects. Ew.
So, here is a list of the “dirty dozen” via Organic.org- the most pesticide-y fruits and veggies that, if you have it in your budget, buy organic:
12 Most Contaminated
Sweet Bell Peppers
And, with that comes the Clean Fifteen list that are the least contaminated. This is where you save your moolah and go conventional:
15 Least Contaminated
Sweet Corn (Frozen)
Sweet Peas (Frozen)
The pocket size list above is available for your wallet- and, of course, there’s an iPhone app.. seriously, what do people see in blackberries?
But incase you somehow forget both this list and are unable to access this fabulous blog (wink wink), keep this in mind: Most of the clean 15 are things you peel or remove the skin from, and most of the contaminated you eat the skin. That doesn’t mean buy an apple and peel it, though – the skin has lots of fiber and great nutrients.