Organic Food: Is It Better?
FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) —
Do you buy organic fruits and veggies because you want to stay away from pesticides? Well, it turns out, you may be spending more money than necessary for certain foods.
So you can be informed (and still follow the US Department of Agriculture recommendation of filling half of your plate with fruits and vegetables) here's a look at the cleanest and dirtiest fruits and veggies.
For the fourth year running, apples top this year's so-called "Dirty Dozen" list from The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit public health organization.
It ranks almost 50 popular fruits and vegetables by the amount of pesticide residue on them, using samples tested by federal labs.
Also on the "Dirtiest" list: strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, and potatoes.
The group suggests buying organic when it comes to 'dirty dozen' produce.
The produce trade association says, "99% of sampled products had residues below EPA tolerances."
Now, here's The Environmental Working Group's "Clean 15": avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage and frozen sweet peas.
Many health experts, growers, and the Environmental Working Group all agree that the pros of eating non-organic fruits and vegetables outweigh the cons.