Should all our fruit and vegetables be organic? If i can’t afford organic is it better to totally avoid or can I just eat non-organic produce? This can be such a confusing topic!

The answer is no, not all of our fruit and vegetables have to be organic, there are some that can be bought non-organic but others that really really should be because their level of pesticide residue may be just too high to make the food nutritious and worth while eating.

Hopefully this will make things easier for you, print this list out and stick it on your fridge or in your bag for when you go shopping.

The following should be bought organic (known as the Dirty Dozen, but there’s 14 now!):

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Nectarines (imported)
  • Cucumbers
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Snap peas (imported)
  • Potatoes
  • Hot peppers
  • Blueberries (domestic)

These ones don’t need to be bought organic (known as the Clean 15):

  • Avocados
  • Sweet corn
  • Pineapples
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet peas (frozen)
  • Onions
  • Asparagus
  • Mangoes
  • Papayas
  • Kiwi
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Sweet potatoes

I hope this helps! xxx