Ofcourse buying all organic produce would be best, but most of us can’t find and can’t afford to do that. Lucky for us, The Environmental Working Group (Independent/non-profit) has put together two helpful lists.
1) The Dirty Dozen – indicating the 12 worse items with regard to heavy pesticide
2) The Clean 15 – indicating the cleanest, with regard to pesticide, that you may not have to buy organic.
I highly recommend checking out their website and watching the short videos with Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Sanja Gupta. Another handy thing I found is a smart phone app called “Organic Diet Buddy” which lets you quickly check right from the Produce Dept. or Farmer’s Market. It even helps you locate farmer’s markets in your area!
I want to stress that all the doctors/sources I have consulted all recommend the benefits of eating fruits in veggies (even conventional, non-organic) far outweigh the risk of the pesticides that might be ingested while eating them.