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The Best Vegetables for Eating Raw & Juicing

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This information alone should give you pause when considering whether to buy local, organic vegetables or not. But I encourage you to do further research about organic versus conventional farming conditions. I believe that after researching the facts and statistics, you’ll come to the conclusion that organic vegetables are far more nutritious than conventionally farmed vegetables.

Conventional Fruit and Vegetable Pesticide Loads

Certainly helpful to your decision about which vegetables should be purchased organic and which conventional veggies may be safe, is the measured pesticide loads found on conventionally-farmed fruits and vegetables.

Of the 43 different fruit and vegetable categories tested by the Environmental Working Group and included in their Shoppers’ Guide to Pesticides in Produce, these 12 fruits and vegetables had the highest pesticide load, making them the most important to buy or grow organic:

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Lettuce
  • Grapes (imported)
  • Pears
  • Spinach
  • Potatoes

In contrast, these foods were found to have the lowest residual pesticide load, making them the safest bet among conventionally-grown vegetables:

  • Broccoli
  • Eggplant
  • Cabbage
  • Banana
  • Kiwi
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet peas (frozen)
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet corn (frozen)
  • Avocado
  • Onion

So if you need to work within a certain budget, use this information to help guide you to the best choices when it comes to lowering your overall pesticide exposure.

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90ís he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.


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7:50AM PST on Jan 20, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

8:33PM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

Love the Info! I'm gonna read the other articles & learn my type & what to use for my health. I love veggies, but find it hard to eat enough now that I'm recently single. Maybe this will help. Thanks!

2:17PM PDT on Oct 23, 2011


9:22AM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

Michelle, I would definitely try your blender. Just make sure to cut the pieces very small and use enough liquid.

9:07AM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

I like the submersion technique for juicing but could I use my blender instead?

5:41AM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

Carrots, Radishes, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Cucumber and Watercress are my favourite raw veg.

3:36AM PDT on Oct 18, 2011


2:45AM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

Thanks for the article

12:39AM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

thanks for the article!

11:51PM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

Good to know.

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