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When you can’t eat organic

Understandably, it’s expensive to eat organic.  Or you may have difficulty finding organic produce in your area.  Here are some options when that’s the case.

According to the Environmental Working Group, you can reduce your intake of pesticides significantly by avoiding the 12 most polluted fruits  and vegetables—the dirty dozen—and choosing the 15 cleanest ones.  This is a wise idea given that pesticides have been linked to nervous system issues, cancer, hormonal system effects, and skin, eye and lung irritation.  Here’s the EWG list.

The Dirty Dozen

  • Grapes (Imported)
  • Potatoes
  • Cherries
  • Kale / Collard Greens
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Nectarines
  • Blueberries (Domestic)
  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Celery (the worst)

The Clean 15

  • Onions (the best)
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Corn
  • Pineapples
  • Mango (Subtropical and Tropical)
  • Sweet Peas (Frozen)
  • Asparagus
  • Kiwi Fruit (Subtropical and Tropical)
  • Cabbage
  • Eggplant
  • Cantaloupe (Domestic)
  • Watermelon
  • Grapefruit
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Honeydew Melon

You might think twice about chowing down on raw celery sticks!  For more information and the full list that ranks 50 fruits and vegetables take a peek at the Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides.

Grow your own

Another option is to grow your own organic vegetables and fruits.  If space is an issue, even a few small planters on a balcony can keep you loaded up on strawberries or tomatoes or your other favorites for months.  And some people produce much more in a limited space.  Try your hand at a small garden if you have ample space. It’s incredibly gratifying to watch your garden grow and enjoy the fruit of your efforts.  You might also plant a fruit tree for the years to come.

While the widespread use of pesticides is concerning, there are always options.

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  1. Hi Sandra, well I had no idea. Thank you so much for this list. Just a question: On the dirty dozen, is recommendation to avoid altogether or to get them always organic? I hope the latter 🙂 thank you for the list!

    • Greetings Farnoosh, The latter fortunately! The Environmentally Working Group recommends buying organic produce as much as possible when you buy any fruits and vegetables, but this is most important when it comes to the dirty dozen. This list is for the U. S. I believe. Your blog is such a beauty and filled with information and inspiration. I loved getting a glimpse of your container garden and bag of organic potting soil.

      • Hi Sandra, thank you so much – on both the information and the sweet compliments. I write for my readers. :)!

  2. Usually, it is the extra expense, not the difficulty finding (at least for me), that prohibits purchasing organic produce. After reading your lists, I would say that if I’m going to spend the extra $$$ for organic, it should be for items that are the most sprayed, not the least.

    I found your blog by way of timethief, and I’m very impressed!

    • Hello Kathleen, That’s an excellent conclusion! Your blog makes my mouth water…like the idea of sexy, chocolate, chocolate, pumpkin seed cookies.:-) Now, the question is, should I change my blog title to include sexy and chocolate? Maybe you can sneak chocolate into your blog description: Cooking, baking, recipes, chocolate, and other food happenings… Time Thief says that something like the first 47 words of the description are read by search engines, not sure if that’s the correct number though. Thanks for your comment and your kind words.

      • How about this title for your blog: Always Well Within with Sex and Chocolate.
        And I could change my blog name to: Cooking in Mexico with Chocolate after Sex.
        What do you think? 🙂

        • Kathleen, Shall we give it a try? We could then do a statistical analysis. You are funny! Thanks for your visit.

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