The “Should Buy Organic” Produce List

While purchasing organic 100% of the time is primarily recommended, I know it’s not always possible with tight budgets and with high organic prices. Many conventional or non-organic varieties of fruits and vegetables are very likely to contain elevated concentrations of pesticides in their skin and flesh. If there is any produce to purchase organic to avoid significant exposure to pesticides and other toxins, the following is recommended:

The “Should Buy Organic” Produce List


  • Apples

  • Bell Peppers

  • Blueberries

  • Celery

  • Cherries

  • Cucumbers

  • Grapes

  • Kale

  • Leafy greens

  • Nectarines

  • Peaches

  • Potatoes

  • Spinach

  • Strawberries

Why are Pesticides So Bad?


Pesticides are harmful because they are toxic substances released to intentionally kill living things in the environment. They come in a variety of: herbicides (to kill weeds), insecticides (to kill insects), fungicides (to kill fungus), rodenticides (to kill rodents), and more. Conventional farming uses a synthetic version of pesticides that not only harm the target, but they also are hazardous to a person’s health.

Pesticides are stored in the colon, where they begin poisoning the body. These toxins build up in the body and increase potentially detrimental health concerns with increased exposure. When you consume a piece of produce with pesticides, you consume over 30 (known) pesticides that were sprayed onto the produce. Numerous studies have found that pesticides are linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, ADHD, and birth defects, among others issues. They are harmful to the nervous system, reproductive system, and the endocrine system.

Source: provides a basic overview how pesticides are harmful to a person’s health. Take note in the “Dangers of Pesticides” section that organic farmers do not use the harmful synthetic pesticides; if they use any type of “pesticide” at all, they use natural and safe substances that divert insects and weeds.

3 Natural Ways to Reduce Pesticides from Produce


  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Lemon

  • Mix 1 part (vinegar, baking soda OR lemon) with 4 parts water.
  • Rinse produce with solution to remove pesticides that may be sitting on the outside of the produce. Pesticides absorbed into the skin of the produce cannot be removed.
  • This does not remove ALL pesticides and does not make it 100% safe to eat! This only removes extra chemicals that may be sitting on the product, but does nothing to the chemicals that the product already absorbed.

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