You may have already heard of the ‘dirty dozen’, this name refers to fruit and vegetables that you should really avoid. This isn’t because the fruit themselves are harmful to you but the number of harmful chemicals and pesticides on them make them particularly bad for us. There are so many decisions to make in food shops that often the most important ones are bypassed for smaller ones, which products to choose as organic is one of these.
We all know that eating organic can be a costly affair and seeing cheaper fruits and vegetables on the shelves can be a persuading factor when you decide upon what you are going to buy. However it is definitely worth knowing that if you are going to buy only a few items as organic then there are some that it is a lot better to do so with than others.
Here are a few of the key fruits and vegetables that should definitely be organic when put in your basket.
When you look at the number of potentially harmful chemical residues on fruit and vegetables, it has been found that apples are one of the worst offenders in the produce aisle. So you should definitely consider going for organic with your apple otherwise you might want to consider washing them very thoroughly of even peeling the skin off.
A lot of us rely on beef as our main meat source and source of protein, it is in fact the most important meat to buy as organic too. By getting it organic you are avoiding all the artificial hormones, antibiotics and pesticides used in their feed, which can all end up in your steak or burger.
We usually associate cucumbers with freshness and would assume they are pretty easy to grow naturally, but they still made it onto the 2013 list of foods with the highest pesticide residue in them. Some cucumbers have even had up to 35 pesticides present in them and these remain on the skin when you eat them. Therefore it might be a bit safer to peel off the skin when making anything with them in it.
Celery also continues to hold its place in the ‘dirty dozen’, whilst it isn’t like the others on the list that tend to be berries, tree fruits and leafy greens, celery has been found to contain as many as 60 or more different pesticides. If you are struggling to find organic celery then instead of just opting for the regular choice, you might be better placed to just skip it altogether and replace it with another green vegetable such as broccoli or spring onions.
We all love strawberries in summertime but they are always a permanent feature on the list of pesticide-laden fruits and veg. this is because the risk of fungus prompts farmers to spray the plants with pesticide and this can stay on the food when consumed. There have been up to 60 pesticides found on strawberries.