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09/03/2017 10:02 PM AEDT | Updated 10/03/2017 3:31 AM AEDT

15 Fruits And Vegetables You Shouldn't Bother Buying Organic

You can save your money on these 15.

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No one wants to eat dangerous pesticides with their fruits and veggies. Unfortunately, a lot of the produce that is grown around the world is treated with such chemicals to ward off bugs and disease. And some of that is left behind in residue when we get our hands on it.

Some fruits and veggies contain more residue than others. Often times the thickness of the skin protecting said produce is what keeps out the residue. For example, pineapples have a tough skin that is removed before eating, so not a lot of pesticide residue is found in the fruit that we eat. On the other hand, strawberries contain high levels of residue because not only do we eat the entire berry, but it has a porous exterior, as well.

To avoid this pesticide residue altogether, you can opt for organic produce. (It should be noted that organic produce does also use pesticides, but they’ve been approved by the USDA as organic because they occur naturally.) The only downfall is that organic is significantly pricier. That’s why today we’re going to talk about the fruits and veggies that you don’t actually have to buy organic.

The Environmental Working Group tested over 50 kinds of produce for pesticide residue and labeled those with low levels as “clean.” Here are 15 of those, starting with the cleanest. 

  • 1Avocados
    Avocados
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  • 2Sweet Corn
    Sweet Corn
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  • 3Pineapple
    Pineapple
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  • 4Cabbage
    Cabbage
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  • 5Frozen Sweet Peas
    Frozen Sweet Peas
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  • 6Onions
    Onions
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  • 7Asparagus
    Asparagus
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  • 8Mango
    Mango
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  • 9Papaya
    Papaya
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  • 10Kiwi
    Kiwi
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  • 11Eggplant
    Eggplant
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  • 12Honeydew Melon
    Honeydew Melon
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  • 13Grapefruit
    Grapefruit
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  • 14Cantaloupe
    Cantaloupe
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  • 15Cauliflower
    Cauliflower
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And then there are the 12 you’ll always want to buy organic:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Apples
  3. Nectarines
  4. Peaches
  5. Celery
  6. Grapes
  7. Cherries
  8. Spinach
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Sweet bell peppers
  11. Cherry tomatoes
  12. Cucumbers