Certain types of produce grown in the US are more likely to contain pesticides than others, which means you don’t really need to buy everything organic
Buying organic fruit and vegetables can be expensive — especially if you’re buying them from places like Whole Foods.
But certain types of produce grown in the US are more likely to contain pesticides than others, which means you don’t really need to buy everything organic.
Helpfully, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released its 2017 Shoppers’ Guide to Pesticides in Produce, listing the fruit and vegetables found to contain the least pesticides in its analysis of tests conducted by the US Department of Agriculture.
In other words, the cleaner the produce is, the less you need to buy them organic.
The cleanest produce you can buy is sweet corn, the report found, followed by avocados. Pesticides were detected in a mere one percent of the sweet corn and avocado samples tested, according to the EWG website. Considering how expensive organic avocados are, this is good news for guacamole fans.
Other fruit and vegetables on the EWG’s “Clean 15” list include pineapples, papayas, asparagus, onions, and cabbage. Over 80 percent of samples for those produce turned up no pesticide residues at all, while none of the items in the ranking were found to contain more than four kinds of pesticides in total.
While you might not need to buy organic produce to stay away from pesticides in some food, some people prefer to buy organic for other reasons.
“I buy organic whenever I can because I support a different system of production that doesn’t poison the environment,” Sonya Lunder, a senior analyst at the EWG and lead author of the guide, told INSIDER over the phone.
Although, she said, “probably very few people eat 100 percent organic, and sometimes are making quick decisions at the produce aisle about what might be more or less worth their money.”
To help you decide what to put in your basket, here are the 15 types of fruit and vegetables you don’t need to worry about buying organic:
1. Sweet corn
6. Sweet peas (frozen)
11. Honeydew melon