2 Tip of the Day - Organic Food

If buying organic is a priority to you then here are some tips on how best to spend your money based on the amount of pesticides used on that particular produce. If you can't buy all organic produce pick the one's that would use the highest pesticides if weren't organic.

The Environment Working Group released a study of the pesticide loads in produce. Recently the Nest published an article on the study and I found it to be very interesting and thought I would pass it along.

The Top 10 produce with the highest pesticide loads are:
  1. Peaches
  2. Apples
  3. Sweet Bell Peppers
  4. Celery (is this why I think it tastes like soap??)
  5. Nectarines
  6. Strawberries
  7. Cherries
  8. Lettuce
  9. Grapes
  10. Pears
The Bottom 10 produce with the lowest pesticide loads are (#1 being lowest):
  1. Onions
  2. Avocado
  3. Sweet Corn
  4. Pineapples
  5. Mango
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Kiwi
  9. Banana's
  10. Cabbage
I can't help but notice that half of the produce in the bottom 10 are typically not grown in our climate. Maybe we are just pesticide happy up here. 


  1. arg, wonderful! Noah loves peaches and eats them on his own often. luckily its only for a short time while in season, otherwise its bananas and avocadoes.
    at least I have the heads up now for apple season.

  2. in a parenting magazine (yeah, i was at the gyno) they had a similar article about, if you can't buy organic, go for foods with a harder skin. so say, green peppers. apples. they won't absorb as much of the chemicals. but try to always buy organic peaches and other foods with soft skin.

    food for thought :)