The Clean Fifteen
- May 02, 2012 |
- by The Family Cooks
Most of you probably know the fruits and vegetables with the highest amount of pesticide residue (see page 149 of The Family Dinner book for a list of 13 fruits and veggies you should buy organic). That list includes items such as apples, celery, and strawberries, which are the three worst offenders.
It’s always better to minimize exposure to toxic chemicals, and to buy organic as much as possible, but sometimes it’s hard to find a wide variety of organic items in the regular supermarket. In that case, try to steer toward those fruits and vegetables with the lowest amount of detectable pesticide residue.
At the top of that list are conventional onions, which according to the group are a clean crop, with less than 1 percent of samples containing any pesticides. Other items on the list include sweet corn, pineapples, avocado, asparagus and sweet peas.