Eating Healthy Without the Organic Budget

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At the end of the day we probably all wish we could eat organic, pesticide-free foods. Although there is really nothing stopping you from doing so, the grocery bill from popular organic foods stores is enough to make one justify the more affordable costs of conventionally-grown food. It is sad to say that “conventionally-grown” foods are not the organic ones; and there is strong evidence to support the harmful effects pesticide residues and genetically modified foods have on our health.

Sweat New York would never tell you that avoiding these conventionally grown fruits and veggies is the preferred method of prevention, but we will tell you that there are some conventionally grown fruits and vegetables that generally less contaminated.

The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Clean 15

The following list of foods was evaluated by the EWG based on the levels of pesticide contamination. The idea of this list is to allow yourself to buy non-organic foods that still have a lower concentration of pesticides than other foods you may be consuming.

Clean 15

  1. Asparagus
  2. Avocados
  3. Cabbage
  4. Cantaloupe
  5. Sweet corn
  6. Eggplant
  7. Grapefruit
  8. Kiwi
  9. Mangos
  10. Mushrooms
  11. Onions
  12. Papayas
  13. Pineapples
  14. Sweet peas (frozen)
  15. Sweet potatoes

Dirty Dozen +2

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Cherry tomatoes
  4. Cucumbers
  5. Grapes
  6. Hot peppers
  7. Nectarines (imported)
  8. Peaches
  9. Potatoes
  10. Spinach
  11. Strawberries
  12. Sweet bell peppers
  13. Kale/collard greens
  14. Summer squash