Why Buy Organic

By: HomeFirst Certified
June 22, 2012

Produce Rainbow

Remember getting yelled at by your mother to make sure to wash all your fruits and veggies before eating them? And maybe you tell your kids the same thing, but do you know why everyone encourages washing produce as much as they do? The reason is pesticides.

If you don’t buy organic produce then most likely the produce you buy has had some sort of pesticide used on it. So why is it important to avoid pesticides and eat organic produce? Because the chemicals used in pesticides have been proven to cause a decrease in birth weight and shorter pregnancies. They also don’t help when you are trying to lose weight, a common herbicide used on fruits and veggies can actually cause you to gain weight!

 

Buying organic can help you steer clear of pesticides but may also cost you a pretty penny. So reduce your costs by only buying organic produce of the fruits and veggies with the highest amount of pesticides.

 

Here are the top 14 fruits and veggies with the most pesticides that you should consider buying organic:

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Sweet Bell Peppers
  4. Peaches
  5. Strawberries
  6. Nectarines (imported)
  7. Grapes
  8. Spinach
  9. Lettuce
  10. Cucumbers
  11. Blueberries (domestic)
  12. Potatoes
  13. Green Beans
  14. Kale/Greens

Here are the 15 cleanest fruits and veggies that you don’t have to splurge and buy organic.

 

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