Yummy, yummy pesticides or how to keep 'em as far away from you and your loved ones as possible

Pesticides are chemicals that are designed to kill bugs, weeds, rodents, and so on. Which is not really what you want in your body.

On the other hand, organic foods contain no pesticides. So it follows that you would want to eat organic foods, right?

Of course. But there is a catch. Organic foods tend to be more expensive than non-organic foods (there are plenty of reasons for this, such as they are more labor-intensive).

So what do you do if eating all organic foods is too costly for your budget? Eat organic where organic counts.

Organic where organic counts
Eating the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables will expose a person to about 15 pesticides per day, on average. Eating the 12 least contaminated will expose a person to less than 2 pesticides per day.”

According to the Environmental Working Group these are the ten worst non-organic items to eat (in other words, they have the most pesticide):
1. Peaches
2. Apples
3. Sweet Bell Peppers
4. Celery
5. Nectarines
6. Strawberries
7. Cherries
8. Pears
9. Imported Grapes
10. Spinach

So if you can only afford to get some organic produce, make sure it is the items on the list.

As for making the best of it with non-organic fruits and veg?
Wash them, when you can. And peel them when appropriate (you would certainly want to peel a banana, for example, but you may not want to peel an apple and risk losing valuable nutrients). And consider growing your own.

And what about dairy, meat, and seafood?
No worries about pesticides in organic milk and meat (although meat certainly contains all sorts of other concerns), but there just isn’t an organic label for seafood.

Perhaps another good reason to be, at the very least, an almost vegetarian.