Have you heard of the Dirty Dozen? No, it's not some mobster movie...it's a list of food that should only be consumed organically due to the high amount of pesticides residue. Here is the list (info collected from www.thedailygreen.com and www.pbs.org)
-Apples-over 40 chemicals are used on apples due to insects and disease. Apples are at the top of the list due to this. This also goes for apple juice and apple sauce.
-Celery-over 60 chemicals have been found by the USDA on celery.
-Strawberries-these are sprayed heavily by farmers due to fungus.
-Nectarines (especially imported)
-Grapes-especially imported (including raisins...and WINE!!)
-Sweet bell peppers (all varieties)
-Potatoes (ironically, sweet potatoes have much less of a pesticide residue and are not on the list)
In our family, we try very hard to avoid the above foods unless we can grow them or find them organically. Once you start attempting to eliminate pesticide residue from your diet, you realize how very difficult it is to do.
All of the above foods are either relatively easy to find organically, or have a healthy. less pesticide ridden substitute.
Here are some foods that have low pesticide residue:
Happy shopping! :)
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )