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.
- 1AvocadosMichelle McMahon via Getty Images
- 2Sweet CornOlha_Afanasieva via Getty Images
- 3Pineapplesf_foodphoto via Getty Images
- 4CabbageOlgaorly via Getty Images
- 5Frozen Sweet PeasMagone via Getty Images
- 6OnionsJelenast via Getty Images
- 7AsparagusMmeEmil via Getty Images
- 8MangoALEAIMAGE via Getty Images
- 9PapayaOlgaorly via Getty Images
- 10KiwiWestend61 via Getty Images
- 11EggplantGAPS via Getty Images
- 12Honeydew MelonMarccophoto via Getty Images
- 13GrapefruitHalfdark via Getty Images
- 14Cantaloupeshadow216 via Getty Images
- 15Caulifloweranna1311 via Getty Images
And then there are the 12 you’ll always want to buy organic:
- Sweet bell peppers
- Cherry tomatoes