Q. My friend says that buying organic bananas is a waste. Is this true?
Pretty much. The reason to buy organic is to avoid the pesticides and herbicides that are toxic to you. But there is a, now famous, list of 47 fruits and vegetable and their toxic pesticide content. This list was compiled by the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the public about the toxins in our environment. Buying organic will increase your health but it will also increase your grocery bill. If you find yourself needing to stretch that dollar of yours than you will certainly be looking for ways to cut corners in your family budget. One way to do that and not risk your health is to buy the NON-organic variety of vegetables and fruits that appear on the bottom of EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides list.
If you were to always eat organic varieties of the top 12 most toxic vegetables, but allow yourself the financial break of buying non-organic varieties of the least toxic fruits and vegetables, you could still cut your toxin intake by 90%. So to answer your question, yes you can buy the non-organic bananas without risk of significant toxin load. Apples on the other hand are the opposite story. Apples are one of the most toxic fruits available and should always be purchased organic. Apples have between 4 to 6 known toxins with proven neurological health hazards and have even caused death among farm workers. That sweet innocent apple is a time bomb for your kids if you do not spend the extra nickel for an organic version. Empower yourself with these resources:
Wallet Guide – for a quick reference to the Dirty Dozen & the Clean 15
Full List - of the 47 fruits and vegetables tested listed in order of the highest pesticide load (peaches) to the least (onions).
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