People who follow plant-based diets tend to eat many more fruits and veggies naturally, because we substitute plants for meat. If you’ve gone grocery shopping as a veg*n, you probably noticed that produce was one of the most expensive items on your bill, right? That’s why it’s called Whole Paycheck. Oh sorry, I meant Whole Foods.
These days you can find an organic option for almost every conventional fruit or vegetable at the grocery store. How do you decide which organic items you should spring for, and when you can save your hard-earned cash and go with the non-organic option?
It’s easy, simply bring this handy Environmental Working Group’s 2015 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce with you the next time you’re out stocking up your fridge.
The 12 fruits and vegetables most likely to be contaminated with pesticide residue:
Sweet bell peppers
The 15 fruits and vegetables least likely to be contaminated with pesticide residue:
Organic or not, be sure to wash your produce before eating. Grocery shopping can be a challenge but luckily the EWG has done its research to help us figure out which produce items may contain the highest amounts of pesticides. Do you follow this list? Which items (if any) do you buy organic/conventional?