Do I Have to Buy Organic?

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I’d love it if everyone were able to buy organic produce. But I know that’s not possible. I know organic produce isn’t always available. I know organic produce is more expensive. I know it’s more difficult to source. I know you have to plan your meals around what is available, rather than what you want. It’s not easy. That’s why I tell people to buy organic when you can. It all depends on the resources you have available (time, money, availability, location, etc).

If you’re looking to convert your pantry and fridge to organic produce, there are 15 items you should start aiming to buy organic. These 15 items make up the list of fruit and vegetables that are the most contaminated produce as determined by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Basically, they contain the highest amount of pesticides when compared to other tested fruit and vegetables. They are:

Apples, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, chillies, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, spinach, strawberries, capsicum, kale, collard greens and summer squash.

Consuming organic varieties of these fruit and vegetables will reduce your pesticide exposure and decrease the toxicity level of your body.

On the other hand, the following clean 15 contain the least harmful pesticides and/or lowest concentration of pesticides:

Asparagus, avocados, cabbage, rockmelon, sweet corn, eggplant, grapefruit, kiwi fruit, mangoes, mushrooms, onions, paw paw, pineapples, sweet peas and sweet potatoes.

I’d recommend cleaning the clean 15 produce to remove as many pesticides as possible. If I don’t buy organic, I clean my produce by filling the kitchen sink with water, adding 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and stirring through. I then add my fruit and vegetables and soak for about 10 minutes. You’ll see that the water is dirty and your fruit and vegetables are beautifully clean. Rinse them with clean water, let them dry and then store in the fridge. Make sure you clean your fruit and vegetables as soon as you get home from the shops/farmers market because if you’re anything like me – if you put it off, it will never get done.

Do you clean your fruit and vegetables and follow the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) clean 15? Or do you buy 100% organic produce?

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