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Top 10 Foods to Eat Organically

Top 10 Foods to Eat Organically

Some conventionally grown foods are treated with more pesticides than others. Some retain more of the pesticides. Here is a list of the top 10 foods containing the most pesticides, according to the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C.

You can sidestep harm and still eat vitamin-rich foods. If you cannot find these foods organically, here are some great alternatives that contain the same valuable vitamins and minerals.

High-pesticide food: Strawberries
Main nutrient: Vitamin C
Healthy alternatives: Blueberries, raspberries, oranges, grapefruit, kiwifruit, watermelon

High-pesticide food: Bell peppers
Main nutrient: Vitamin C
Healthy alternatives: Green peas, broccoli, romaine, lettuce

High-pesticide food: Spinach
Main nutrient: Vitamins A and C
Healthy alternatives: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus

High-pesticide food: Cherries
Main nutrient: Vitamin C
Healthy alternatives: Oranges, blueberries, raspberries, kiwifruit, blackberries, grapefruit

High-pesticide food: Peaches
Main nutrient: Vitamins A and C
Healthy alternatives: Nectarines, watermelon, tangerines, oranges, grapefruit

High-pesticide food: Mexican cantaloupe
Main nutrient: Vitamins A and C
and potassium
Healthy alternatives: U.S. cantaloupe grown from May to December, watermelon

High-pesticide food: Celery
Main nutrient: Carotenoids
Healthy alternatives: Carrots, broccoli, radishes, romaine lettuce

High-pesticide food: Apples
Main nutrient: Vitamin C
Healthy alternatives: Watermelon, nectarines, bananas, tangerines

High-pesticide food: Apricots
Main nutrient: Vitamins A an C and potassium
Healthy alternatives: Nectarines, watermelon, oranges, tangerines

High-pesticide food: Green beans
Main nutrient: Potassium
Healthy alternatives: Green peas, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, asparagus

Read more: Food, Green Kitchen Tips

Excerpted from Your Organic Kitchen, by Jesse Ziff Cool.Copyright (c)2000 by Jesse Ziff Cool. Reprinted by permission of Rodale Press.
Excerpted from Your Organic Kitchen, by Jesse Ziff Cool.

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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8:49AM PDT on Mar 10, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

9:20AM PST on Jan 29, 2013

Thank you much.

9:27PM PST on Jan 11, 2013

apples , cherries favorite
Thanks

9:27PM PST on Jan 11, 2013

apples , cherries favorite
Thanks

12:29AM PST on Nov 9, 2012

TY

10:59PM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

thanks for sharing

8:18AM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

Oh, no. Blueberries, rasperries and all other forest fruit are infected with a verydangerous parasite, called the echinococcus.

2:50AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Thank you for info, will definately source this produce organically.

12:25PM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

We try to get organic/local as much as possible but with rising food prices just being able to afford any food is a challenge. Will the madness of food prices and everything else for that matter ever stop.....

8:39AM PDT on May 30, 2012

thnx

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