Wonder what fruits and vegetables are "worth" the extra money it costs to buy them organic? Environmental Working Group, a non-profit research institute, analyzed data provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to determine which foods are consistently most contaminated with pesticides, and which have the lowest levels. If you can`t always buy organic, EWG recommends the following:
Highest in Pesticides
These 12 popular fresh fruits and vegetables are consistently the most contaminated with pesticides - buy these organic.
Strawberries, Apples, Bell Peppers, Celery, Cherries, Grapes (imported), Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Potatoes, Red Raspherries, Spinach
Lowest in Pesticides
These 12 popular fresh fruits and vegetables consistently have the lowest levels of pesticides. If you need to economize, wait to buy these organic until they`re on sale.
Bananas, Asparagus, Avocados, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Corn (sweet), Kiwi, Mangos, Onions, Papaya, Pineapples, Peas (sweet)