By Guest Contributor, Ashli Sweat of But What About Protein?
There’s no doubt that the benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure, but did you know that you can actually reduce your pesticide exposure by as much as 80% by choosing to purchase the organic version of certain fruits and vegetables, known as “The Dirty Dozen”?
Each year, the Environmental Work Group releases their “Dirty Dozen” list – outlining the 12 fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide exposure, thus making them the most important fresh produce to buy organic. This year EWB has expanded their list to include two more vegetables high enough in pesticide residue that we should buy their organic counterparts, with the list now totally fourteen fruits and vegetables.
Here’s the latest Dirty Dozen list for 2013:
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Hot Peppers
- Imported nectarines
- Red Bell Peppers
- Kale/Collard Greens
Now we all know that organic food costs slightly more than regular, non-organic food, but by purchasing the organic version of the items listed on the Dirty Dozen list, you’ll be substantially reducing your pesticide exposure – a more than fair trade off for the few extra dollars you’ll spend each week
Source: Environmental Work Group
Ashli Sweat is the wife of an Active Duty soldier, writer and world traveler. She was born in Australia, went to school in France, and has now settled in the United States after marrying her American husband. She is the proud fur-mama of Pepe and Freya (no kids yet), founder of the vegetarian food blog “But What About Protein?” and avid yoga and spin devotee. She is currently completing her Bachelor’s degree in Writing and one day hopes to become a published author.