11 Fruits and Vegetables You Don't Have to Buy Organic
Nowadays, almost everyone agrees that the pesticides and herbicides used on non-organic produce have very harmful effects on human health and the environment. However, many people choose not to buy organic produce because it is usually more expensive. If you are like most people, you can't always budget organic produce into your grocery bill every month. This article is a guide to which fruits and vegetables are safe to buy non-organic.
Here is a similar article I wrote about produce that you should buy organic:
1. Watermelon. A great source of vitamins C, A, B6, potassium, and magnesium. They are full of antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. The rind is also edible and contains many nutrients. As watermelons have a thick exterior, they need few pesticides.
2. Sweet potato. Believe it or not, the sweet potato is only distantly related to the potato. They are easy to grow and have few predators. They rarely need pesticides. They are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and calcium.
3. Pineapples. Pineapples are chock full of vitamins and trace minerals. They have also been shown to aid in digestion, reduce inflammation and coagulation of the blood, and halt certain types of tumors. They are grown with very low levels of pesticides, most of which remain on the outside of the fruit.
4. Peas. Green peas are full of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They also help the immune system with their high amounts of iron and protect the eyes, and also help regulate blood sugar. While peas are exposed to a large amount of pesticides, they do not retain much of the residue.Furthermore, most of the pesticides are not absorbed through the external pods.
5. Onion. One of the oldest food sources for human beings, onions are used in a great deal of folk remedies, along with its close relative, garlic. Not only do onionsprotect against cancer, inflammation, and high cholesterol, they have a unique chemical that inhibits inflammation. There is evidence to suggest that onions help maintain bone density. They are rarely exposed to toxic pesticides.
6. Mango. Exotic and delicious, mangos are a happy addition to most people's fruit bowl. They are full of nutrients, including a few that aren't found in any other food. The pulp is full of fiber and chemicals that protect the eyes and skin. They are also known to help the immune system fight influenza, prevent blood clots, and clear plaque from the arteries. They contain minimal amounts of pesticides.
7. Kiwis. Full of vitamins C and E, as well as omega-3 fatty acids. A study from the University of Oslo demonstrated that kiwis have a similar effect to aspirin in thinning the blood. Eating 2-3 kiwis every day for a month can significantly reduce the risk of blood clots. The skin is edible and full of fiber, which is useful for treating a number of conditions. They contain minimal levels of pesticides.
8. Grapefuit. They are full of vitamins and calcium. They also help lower blood cholesterol. They have relatively low amounts of pesticides on them, most of which remain on the peel.
9. Corn. Yellow sweet corn is the most nutritious, though it is a bit more difficult to find than the more common white corn. Corn is important for healthy vision and cardiovascular health, and is a great source of vitamins and minerals. Herbicides and pesticides are used on corn, but studies suggest that the plant retains little pesticide residue.
10. Avocado. High in valuable fats and nutrients, avocados have even more potassium than bananas. They also have a high fat content, most of which are very healthy fats that have been proven to lower cholesterol and protect against breast cancer. Avocados are a great source of fiber. The skin of the avocado protects the inside from most pesticides.
11. Asparagus. This funny looking plant is packed full of vitamins including folate. Ancient physicians described asparagus as cleansing and healing due to their diuretic effect. It also contains a special chemical that promotes the health of beneficial bacteria in our large intestine, providing more immune protection against harmful bacteria. Even though asparagus is full of flavor, bugs don't like it! Farmers hardly ever use pesticides on it.
For more information on this subject, check out this article that I wrote about the most pesticide-laden produce.
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