Organic Produce

May 25, 2008

We’ve discussed the high prices of food vs. the quality of nutrition before, so here’s a quick list borrowed from Dr. Weil’s site on the top 12 fruits and veggies that you should buy organic, and the top 11 fruits and veggies that are the least harmful (and therefore you don’t really need to bother buying organic). I’ve found it to be useful and I hope you do too- it makes for a good cheat sheet when you’re trapped in indecision at the produce section.

12 Most-contaminated Fruits and Vegetables:
1. Apples
2. Bell peppers
3. Celery
4. Cherries
5. Imported grapes
6. Nectarines
7. Peaches
8. Pears
9. Potatoes
10. Raspberries
11. Spinach
12. Strawberries

11 Least Contaminated Fruits and Vegetables:
1. Asparagus
2. Avocados
3. Bananas
4. Brocolli
5. Cabbage
6. Corn
7. Kiwi
8. Mangos
9. Onions
10. Pineapples
11. Peas

There you are! If you can’t buy all of your foods organic, then following these lists might make your shopping trips a whole lot easier. Even if you make the choice to not buy any of the above organic, make sure you wash them really really well to get rid of any pesticides that might be lurking there.

I’ve recently also discovered a rather amusing site that you might all enjoy; The Onion (because we all love the satirical take on current events!). I particularly liked the brief article that makes fun of diet books and the very tongue-in-cheek video A Friend’s Cancer: Good For Your Health?. (If you’re easily offended I’d advise against taking a look at these links). I find that these types of “news stories” make a good point in recognizing that so often the news we hear is incredibly contradictory and really rather ridiculous. The resulting confusion and exhaustion from trying to wrestle with all of the information given to us and failing, in the end, to really understand it, affects just about everyone. If we can’t extract truth from all of the scientific research, we might as well laugh at it once in a while!


  1. Hehehe – you do have a sick little sense of humour, don’t you?! GOOD for YOU!!!! 🙂

    Oh, and good list of which organic veggies to buy – good to know these things.

  2. Thanks for the list! Very helpful.

    How’s your training going? Isn’t your race coming up soon?

  3. Oh, the Onion. I love some good snark in my day!

    Thanks for posting that list. I knew that apples were really prone to being contaminated, but not about some of the others. We are starting to get more organic produce in my area, but it’s still incredibly expensive. One store was asking $13 for a single pound of cherries.

  4. wow that list is pretty surprising… some i expected others i did not! thanks for posting it!

  5. Running Knitter- to make a long story short, it doesn’t look like the race will be happening. I might post an explanation about it soonish.

    Gena- I wish it weren’t so expensive for these things! The only ones I knew about were apples and bananas before seeing this list, so it’s very useful.

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