The Safe Non Organic Fruits And Veggies

Organic craze is rapidly gaining popularity. More and more people are getting aware that conventional produce might have dangerous amounts of chemicals. They want to eat a safer organically grown crops.

Organic crops are really free from chemical pesticides especially when sourced from reliable farmers. However, there are always exemptions. Some fruits and vegetables are safe to eat even if grown inorganically. They are the following according to Environmental Working Group (EWG):going organic text

1 Onions
2 Avocado
3 Sweet Corn
4 Pineapple
5 Mangoes
6 Sweet Peas
7 Asparagus
8 Kiwi
9 Cabbage
10 Eggplant
11 Cantaloupe
12 Watermelon
13 Grapefruit
14 Sweet Potato
15 Honeydew Melon

They have minimal amounts of pesticides because of:

1) Thick skin. Dense skin of watermelon, honeydew melon and pineapple is unlikely to absorbed chemical pesticides.
2) Smooth, shiny and compact skin – is poorly permeable to chemical toxins, e.g. eggplant and mangoes.
3) Buried deep underground. Insecticides are already diluted before reaching buried sweet potatoes.
4) Outer layers are removed prior to cooking or eating. Thick peels are not normally eaten, e.g. pineapple, watermelon. Outer leaves of cabbage are removed before cooking. Corn husk is not edible.

I think they should include my favorite bananas on the safe list. It has thick skin. Coconut should also be a candidate.

If we have safe list then we also have the danger list. EWG called it the “dirty dozen”. They might absorbed dangerous amount of pesticides because they have soft skin permeable to chemical pesticides. They are normally eaten with skin intact or eaten whole like leafy vegetables. Rinsing them won’t do much. Washing with detergents should not be done. They might also contain toxic chemicals. Peeling might help but not recommended cause most essential nutrients are concentrated in skins.

The following commodities should be bought organic:

1 Celery
2 Peaches
3 Strawberries
4 Apples
5 Blueberries
6 Nectarines
7 Bell Peppers
8 Spinach
9 Cherries
10 Kale/Collard Greens
11 Potatoes
12 Grapes

I think all sort of leafy vegetables and fruits with soft skin should be included on dirty list!

3 Replies to “The Safe Non Organic Fruits And Veggies”

  1. Re: Thick skinned watermelons resist pesticide contamination. There are still hazardous watermelons being imported.
    Watermelons have been bursting by the score in eastern China after farmers gave them overdoses of growth chemicals during wet weather, creating what state media called fields of “land mines.”
    About 20 farmers around Danyang city in Jiangsu province were affected, losing up to 115 acres (45 hectares) of melon, China Central Television said in an investigative report.

    Prices over the past year prompted many farmers to jump into the watermelon market. All of those with exploding melons apparently were first-time users of the growth accelerator forchlorfenuron, though it has been widely available for some time, CCTV said.

    Chinese regulations don’t forbid the drug, and it is allowed in the U.S. on kiwi fruit and grapes. But the report underscores how farmers in China are abusing both legal and illegal chemicals, with many farms misusing pesticides and fertilizers.…armers_n_862947.html

  2. Great articles.they are really helpful and enlightening…thank you so much for your time and effort sharing all these facts,very me enough motivation to change my diet, my family’s diet…hope you could lists some of the name or brands of organic retails available in the sm hypermarket, i am not really sure if they sell organic products there..thanks,i’ ll keep on reading. Your site is my number 1 “must- read” for me and my family now.

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