Minimizing exposure to pesticides and other harmful chemicals that we put in, on and around our bodies should be a high priority, especially as cancer survivors. While buying organic produce is always a good idea, organic options may not be readily available or affordable to all people.
The Environmental Working Group has created a shopper’s guide based on the overall pesticide load found in common fruits and vegetables. The “Clean” list contains foods that were tested and found to have the least amount of pesticide residue, and may be perfectly safe to eat if conventionally grown. Conversely, those on the “Dirty” list have higher levels of residual pesticides, and should be purchased as “organic”.
The EWG’s Clean Fifteen – Ok to by non-organic
Sweet Peas (frozen)
The EWG’s Dirty Dozen – should buy organic
Sweet Bell Peppers
Snap Peas (imported)
If you have a smart phone, you can download the EWG app for free and have convenient access to the list when you are at the grocery store.