By: Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D.
In my household, we don't buy everything organic, but pesticides can be absorbed into fruits and vegetables, leaving trace residues, and I'd prefer to not eat pesticides. Long-term exposure to them has been associated with cancer, infertility and neurologic conditions, such as Parkinson's.
One more thing to consider in making your organic purchases: the environment. Certainly buying organic is healthier for the environment because it mandates more sustainable farming practices and helps to reduce the amount of chemicals that leach into our soil and water.
But do you really need to buy everything organic? Is okay to buy certain conventionally grown produce?
The Environmental Working Group (EWG, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization) has identified 15 fruits and vegetables that are least likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues.
Check out the slideshow above to find out 15 foods that the organic label doesn't change.
Source: Environmental Working Group. Go to foodnews.org for updates.