“How To Avoid Pesticides, Stay Healthy With EWG Shopping Guide!”

organic pesticide freeThe main reason why we buy organic produce is that it does not have any pesticides that all conventional conventionally grown fruits and vegetables have. It’s also great to know that they taste better too. Pound for pound, these are more nutritious, studies have proven that organic products like strawberries will have more nutrients like vitamin C and antioxidant compounds compared to non-organic products.

Avoiding pesticide contamination

These pesticides though way below threshold levels according to some experts will accumulate inside your body in a process called bioaccumulation so it is important that you limit exposure. Prolonged exposure can lead to diseases such cancer, birth defects, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

One way of limiting exposure is by looking for produce with the least amount of pesticide content and that’s where the Environmental Working Group comes in. They publish an annual list called the dirty dozen and clean fifteen that ranks fruits and vegetables based on pesticide residue.

The infographic below which is based on the information found in the EWG website will list in detail not only the dirty dozen but also other nuggets of information that may shock you. Here’s one, did you know that a conventionally grown potato had more pesticides by weight when you compare it to other foods?

Use it as a shopping guide

You can right click, save and print this infographic so you can bring it when you do your groceries as a reference guide which items to buy organic and which ones to buy conventional – this is a great way to save while still being able to enjoy the benefits of organic. It also includes other tidbits of information like what the numbers on labels mean (no, that isn’t the barcode number) and 5 places where you can buy affordable organics.



Dirty Dozen Infographic







10 thoughts on ““How To Avoid Pesticides, Stay Healthy With EWG Shopping Guide!””

  1. Sustainability is the key.There is not one mention of the fact that organic DOES NOT mean pesticide free, and just because they are natural pesticides does not mean they are good for you, i.e. arsenic, and nicocide. and The main reason why organic I’d so expensive is because of the cost to obtain and maintain certification from the government, ridiculous!

    1. Hi Kate,
      My article was about how to avoid the least amount of pesticides. “Organic produce does not have any pesticides that all conventionally grown fruits and vegetables have”. This is certainly true! I feel when buying any produce you need to do your research and choose what is best for your needs. The organic certification does inflate the price of food and I can agree that it is ridiculous but the government unfortunately has gained too much control over such things. I think we need to avoid as many pesticides and chemicals as possible and organic does help us do that. Many times I buy local non-certified produce and I don’t have to pay the organic price and I also know exactly what the farmers use on their produce. I agree that sustainability is a very important factor. We all need to make our own choices as to what is best for our own situation and do our research on what the safest choices. Thank you for reading my article and commenting. Have a healthy happy blessed day.

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  4. Hi Marla,
    This is a great infographic! I refer to the EWG Dirty Dozen list daily as I decide what I must buy organic and what I conventional foods I can buy when I can’t find organic versions. This is such a handy reference so thank you for sharing it on the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I appreciate it!

  5. Great article Marla. I buy or grow organic produce as often as possible. The clean fifteen list works for me up to a point. I know that the chance of corn/maze being genetically modified is about 80%; that usually means if the pesticide isn’t on the outside, it’s probably been used to alter the DNA of the seed. I do not use corn, corn oil, cornstarch or any corn product unless it bears an organic label. Keep up the good work Marla. Nancy Andres, who saw this post at thehttp://urbannaturale.com/live-it-up-at-the-healthy-happy-green-natural-party-blog-hop-46. Look for mine there too if you have a chance to look at it, it’s about an important Nov. color.

    1. Hi Nancy,
      Thanks for reading my article and commenting I truly appreciate it. I will come over and visit your blog. Have a healthy happy day.

    1. Hi Land,
      Your welcome. Thanks for letting me be part of your All Things Green board. Have a healthy happy day! Marla

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