Although the USDA reports that organic products are now offered in three out of four grocery stores, the cost of buying organic is still higher than it’s non-organic offerings. Some store pricing is more than 25% higher for organic to non-organic varieties of strawberries, cantaloupes and other fruits.
But more importantly, each year The Environmental Working Group releases a list of its Dirty Dozen, which includes foods that tested positive for a number of different pesticide residues. Those fruit and vegetables also showed higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce items as well as a list of non-organic recommendations that contain the least amount of pesticides. Below is the list of Clean 15, released by the EWG for 2015.
EWG's Clean 15 List of Fruits and Vegetables
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet peas
- Frozen Onions
- Sweet Potatoes
Although these fruits and vegetables are noted to have the lower amounts of pesticide residues, it is still a good idea to gently wash or soak them before preparing for meals. Bacteria and potential bugs or insects may still be a potential risk and simple washing may be all you need to do to eat cleaner.