However, not all crops need pesticides, and not all crops carry a risk of ingesting the residue. For example, if you don’t eat the skin or peel, the food will be a lot less dangerous.

The non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases two lists every year:

    •  The Dirty Dozen


    •  The Clean 15

The Dirty Dozen are those foods highest in residue so they should always be bought organically, or grown yourself if possible. This year, spinach tops the list, which is unfortunate because it is generally such a healthy food.

The Clean 15 are foods that you do not need to spend extra money on in relation to organic versions. Print out the free wallet card from their site and take it with you every time you go shopping in order to ensure you’re making smart choices.

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