the "dirty dozen" are 12 fruits and veggies that, even when washed, tend to maintain high levels of pesticide residue unless they're grown organically. they are: apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, spinach, strawberries, imported grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, potatoes and raspberries. eggs and dairy products should also be bought organic, to cut down on exposure to hormones, antibiotics and disease-causing agents.
but if you're rushed, or organic isn't available, non-organic versions of the following crops, which don't tend to harbor pesticide residues, aren't so bad if you need to grab one on the run: bananas, kiwi, mango, papaya, pineapple, asparagus, avocado, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, onions and peas. always buy whatever products you use the most of organically though, since those are the products that will affect your health- and the environment more.
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