How clean is your produce?
Are you familiar with The Dirty Dozen & The Clean Fifteen? The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit, released the 2019 list last year. The 2020 list should be coming out soon. So be on the lookout and keep these lists in mind when you make your produce purchases.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggests that organic food is produced without the use of most conventional pesticides and no synthetic ingredients, sewage sludge, bioengineering, or radiation.
Since 2004, the EWG has published a list, annually, of the top twelve fruits and vegetables that have the highest amount of pesticides when grown conventionally versus organically. This list is based on approximately 50 different types of produce in a variety of samples. This list also known as the Dirty Dozen, identifies the fruits and vegetables that have the highest amount of pesticide residue.
The 2019 Dirty Dozen list includes Strawberries, Spinach, Kale, Nectarines, Apples, Grapes, Peaches, Cherries, Pears, Tomatoes, Celery, & Potatoes.
My philosophy is "if you eat the skin, it shall be organic". In my opinion, this is a no brainer. Getting conventional vs the organic for the fruits and veggies identified on this list makes you more susceptible to pesticides over time. It's important to know that although fruits and vegetables are organic this does not mean that they are free of pesticides. This just means that the type of pesticides used on organic produce is not as harmful (natural) as the pesticides used on conventional produce (synthetic). Over time, you should consider, this will be overbearing for your immune system in which it may not be able to cleanse your body of the excess toxins and free radicals that contribute to abnormal cell growth. We all want to stay away from the development and reproduction of abnormal cell growth.
The 2019 Clean Fifteen consists of avocado, sweet corn, pineapples, frozen sweet peas, onions, papayas, eggplants, asparagus, kiwis, cabbages, cauliflower, cantaloupes, broccoli, mushrooms, and honeydew melons.
This site https://blog.zonediet.com/lifestyletips/pesticides-organic-vs-conventional-0 has recommendations for you if you can't afford to purchase organic fruits and vegetables.