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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

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Sweet peas
  6. Frozen Onions
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangos
  9. Papaya
  10. Kiwi
  11. Eggplant
  12. Grapefruit
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. 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.

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