When It's Better to Buy Organic

Did you know that in 2017 a single sample of strawberries had 20 different pesticides on it?! And this is considered safe and healthy for us?

I believe we should be eating a lot of leafy greens, veggies and fruits. However, just because spinach and strawberries are good for us, how they are grown can completely change the impact they have on our bodies.

When you buy conventional foods (not organic) they may include lots of pesticides, added hormones, and other synthetic chemicals to speed up production. So that yummy strawberry you are putting in your body, could be covered with harmful chemicals. However, on the other hand you might not want to pay $3 for an organic avocado, when there is a beautiful one right next to it for half the price.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) does a yearly study to measure the amount of pesticide residue on produce. From this study they've created two lists:

  1. The Dirty Dozen - This list contains the highest amount of pesticide residue.
  2. The Clean Fifteen - This research shows the produce least likely to contain pesticide residues.

Basically, if you don't want to buy organic all the time, try to buy organic for those foods on the Dirty Dozen list (especially strawberries). Save the below image to your phone, so the next time you're shopping and you are trying to decide between organic or conventional - you can see if it’s on the Dirty Dozen list or not.

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Danielle McCourt