Thanks to the “Dirty Dozen” list, we know what foods we should be eating organically. But what about fruits and vegetables that are unnecessary to buy the organic version? Luckily, there’s a list for that too! Here are 12 fruits and vegetables with the least amount of pesticide residue, that can be enjoyed without guilt or worry, even when bought inorganic.
As long as you buy the whole carrots, as opposed to the baby ones, you can peel them yourself, thereby removing most of the pesticides. With an abundance of vitamins A, C, K, E, beta-carotene, fiber, potassium, folate, manganese, and antioxidants, carrots have never been more appealing!
According to the Environmental Working Group, onions are much lower in pesticide residue than other commercial produce. Not only do onions pack a punch of flavor to any dish, but this vegetable is also rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals which improve the working of Vitamin C, ensuring your immune system is protected.
The thick outer peel keeps pesticides away, so you can enjoy your avocado with all its creamy goodness without worrying about buying organically.
Pineapple is another fruit that is protected by its thick skin, and therefore, contains very little pesticide residue. Pineapples also are helpful in ridding your body of toxins, thanks to their Bromelain content. Bromelain is a protein extract which aids in the digestion of protein.
This green veggie’s Folate content is known to be a mood booster and stress-reducer, plus, according to the Environmental Working Group, it is among the vegetables least likely to contain pesticide residue, providing yet another reason why you can eat it happily!
Grapefruit’s dense peel helps keep pesticides away from the juicy fruit. This is another reason why you can indulge on this low-sugar, vitamin C filled treat without an ounce of guilt.
This rich and creamy fruit is another one that can be eaten without worry thanks to its thick peel that protects its insides from toxic chemicals.
Although kiwis have a thin skin, it is seldom sprayed with pesticides, putting it on the Environmental Working Group’s top 10 most clean fruits and vegetables. So, indulge in this fat-free and nutrient-dense treat!
Mushrooms are some of the least pesticide-ridden vegetables. They’re also rich in B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, selenium and fiber.
Papayas also made the Environmental Working Group’s list of foods lowest in pesticide residue. This exotic fruit is rich in vitamins A, B, E, K as well as vital antioxidants.
Sweet peas have very little pesticide residue and are safe to buy as non-organic, according to the Environmental Working Group. You can even buy the frozen version, so you don’t have to shell them yourself!
Cantaloupes have thick outer skins, therefore, their juicy insides are protected from harmful pesticides.