Pesticides and other chemicals can cause lasting damage to your health. But you can reduce your pesticide exposure by 80% by eating organic. The Huffington Post developed a list of 14 foods that you should always buy organic.
Meat: Certified organic meat can only come from animals fed organic feed and given no hormones or antibiotics.
Milk: Organic dairies must feed their cows grains grown with out pesticides and cannot use antibiotics or growth hormones.
Celery: Celery has no protective skin, which makes it hard to wash off chemicals.
Peaches: Pesticides are regularly applied to these delicately skinned fruits in conventional orchards.
Strawberries: Out-of-season strawberries are most likely imported from countries that have less-stringent pesticide regulations.
Blueberries: Blueberries are treated with as many as 52 pesticides.
Peppers: Peppers’ thin skins don’t offer much of a barrier to pesticides.
Kale: Although kale rarely suffers from pests and disease, it as found to have high amounts of pesticide residue when tested.
Cherries: In a recent survey, cherries grown in the United States were found to have three times more pesticide residue than imported cherries.
Potatoes: Potatoes soak up pesticides sprayed on the part of the plant growing above ground and absorb chemicals found in the soil.
Grapes: No amount of washing or peeling will eliminate pesticide contamination because of the grape’s thin skin.