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15 Non-Organic "Clean" Foods That Are Safe to Eat!

Updated on October 8, 2015
Know which fruits and veggies are loaded with pesticides & which ones aren't!
Know which fruits and veggies are loaded with pesticides & which ones aren't!

15 Non-Organic Foods that Don't Threaten Your Health

Recently, I wrote about the "Dirty Dozen" or 12, non-organic fruits and vegetables, which actually impart 47-67 servings of pesticides along with the fruit and/or vegetable you may be eating. These 12 include: Celery, Peaches, Strawberries, Apples, Domestic blueberries, Nectarines, Sweet bell peppers, Spinach, kale and collard greens, Cherries, Potatoes, Imported grapes, Lettuce.

The reason these foods are so vulnerable to pesticides is because they have "soft" skins that tend to absorb more pesticides than their tough-skinned counterparts. The study was done by the Environmental Working Group.

The good news is that the study also found 15 non-organic foods, that are practically free from pesticides, that can be eaten safely. The researchers called these:

"The Clean 15": Onions, Avocados, Sweet corn, Pineapples, Mango, Sweet peas, Asparagus, Kiwi fruit, Cabbage, Eggplant, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Grapefruit, Sweet potatoes, Sweet onions.

You're burning money if you buy organic foods when it's not necessary...
You're burning money if you buy organic foods when it's not necessary...

Buy Organic When Possible...

The study stated that you should buy organic when buying the "Dirty Dozen", to save yourself from about 80% of the pesticides that inhabit their non-organic counterparts.

Now you're aware of 15 other "clean" fruits and vegetables that you can buy without worrying about pesticides. In fact, after reading this study, you realize that there's no need to spend the extra money to buy the organic varieties of these foods. They are virtually clean from pesticides.

Vinegar may be the answer when it's not possible to buy organic fruits & veggies!
Vinegar may be the answer when it's not possible to buy organic fruits & veggies!

Madam Aphrodite™ Speaks...

Organic foods are expensive, so it's best to know which ones are a necessity and which ones aren't. And when I can't buy organic, I know to soak my fruits and vegetables in three parts water and one part vinegar for 10-15 minutes before eating. (Rinse thoroughly after soaking.)

The "Clean 15" are good to know about... and will save you money to boot!


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      7 years ago

      this does not account for GMO's

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      Madam Aphrodite 

      7 years ago from USA

      While there is more to organic farming than reducing pesticides, it's the pesticides that are dangerous to our health and that's the focus of this article!

      Thanks for your comments; they're appreciated!

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      Simon R 

      7 years ago

      This is useful, but there is more to organic farming than reducing pesticides. For instance good organic farming adds a balanced fertilizer, plus crop rotation, which should mean that the fruit and veg have a lot more minerals than non-organic. Eliminiating toxins is just one aspect of it.

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      madame makia 

      8 years ago from Atlanta

      Thanks for the hub

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      9 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Thanks so much for this important information. I am cutting down of red meat, now I must beware of the fruits and vegetables I eat. Thanks!


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