Jason Johnson: Should you buy organic produce?

A non-profit research organization called the Environmental Working Group studied which produce was the most likely to be contaminated by pesticides, and therefore best eaten organically grown, and which ones were the least likely to be contaminated, and therefore could safely be eaten conventionally grown.  Here is the list of the 10 most contaminated foods. You might want to consider going organic on the following:
  1. Peaches
  2. Apples
  3. Sweet Bell Peppers
  4. Celery
  5. Nectarines
  6. Strawberries
  7. Cherries
  8. Pears
  9. Imported Grapes
  10. Spinach
Peaches and apples appear to be the 2 biggest culprits. Approximately 96% of peaches tested positive for pesticides, along with approximately 91% of the apples testing positive for pesticides.
From the study, here is the list of the 10 least contaminated foods. These appear to be relatively safe purchasing conventionally grown (non-organic):
  1. Onions
  2. Avocados
  3. Sweet Corn
  4. Pineapples
  5. Mango
  6. Asparagus
  7. Broccoli
  8. Kiwi
  9. Bananas
  10. Cabbage

Until next time…Stay healthy.
Jason M. Johnson, ACE-CPT
JMJ Fitness

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