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For These Foods - Buy Organic

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), certain plant foods should be avoided because they are highly toxic due to pesticides and other chemicals that are sprayed on them. So for these foods, it’s best to buy organic, or better yet, grow your own. Here’s their 2022 list from most toxic on down, called the "Dirty 12":

1. Strawberries

2. Spinach

3. Kale, Collard Greens, and Mustard Greens

4. Nectarines

5. Apples

6. Grapes

7. Bell and hot peppers

8. Cherries

9. Peaches

10. Pears

11. Celery

12. Tomatoes

Also, according to the EWG, these are the cleanest plant foods to buy, i.e., (non-organic), called the "Clean 15":

1. Avocados

2. Sweet corn

3. Pineapple

4. Onions

5. Papaya

6. Sweet peas

7. Asparagus

8. Honeydew melon

9. Kiwi

10. Cabbage

11. Mushrooms

12. Cantaloupe

13. Mangoes

14. Watermelon

15. Sweet potatoes

However, some sweet corn, papaya, and summer squash grown in the United States is produced from GMO seeds. So, buy organic, locally grown, or grow your own!


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