dirtydozen

Want to buy organic, but don’t have it in your budget to do it across the board? Consider at least opting for organic when buying these fruits and vegetables, as they’re considered the top 10 worst offenders for pesticides, according to the Environmental Working Group, a US-based environmental organisation.

The Dirty Dozen
Apples
Celery
Cherry Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Grapes
Hot Peppers
Nectarines
Peaches
Potatoes
Spinach
Strawberries
Sweet Bell Peppers
Kale/Collard greens
Summer Squash

The Clean Fifteen
Asparagus
Avocado
Cabbage
Cantaloupe
Sweet Corn
Eggplant
Grapefruit
Kiwi
Mango
Mushrooms
Onion
Papaya
Pinapple
Sweet Peas
Sweet Potatoes

Another veggie-fruit buying tip – don’t buy them from a high traffic area – a food safety study has revealed that vegetables sold at roadside stalls have high concentrations of cadmium, known to affect kidney and liver function in the long term. Auto exhaust is a leading source of cadmium.

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