We recommend organically grown foods but it pays to know which fruits and vegetables are safer to eat if they are not organically grown. This information is from the Environmental Working Group. For more,visit their website.
The fruits and vegetables that are not recommended because of higher levels of pesticides used to grow them, the “dirty dozen”, are: celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries, nectarines, bell peppers, spinach, cherries, kale/collards, potatoes, imported grapes.
The “clean 15” are safer if not organic and include: onions, avocado, sweet corn, pineapple, mangos, sweet peas, asparagus, kiwi, cabbage, eggplant, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapefruit, sweet potato, honeydew melon.
Keep in mind that most papaya, soy, and corn is GM (genetically modified). We recommend avoiding all GM foods. Therefore, it’s best to consume these foods only when they are organically grown because the organic standard currently excludes GM foods. Since some form of soy is used in many processed foods, great vigilance in label reading is required to avoid non-organic soy.