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The Top 10 Foods You Should Buy And Eat Organic - which fruits & vegetables are best to be buying organic?

Updated on February 20, 2013

Eat Natural - Go Organic!

Buying organic is a great choice!
Buying organic is a great choice! | Source

Which foods should I be buying organic?

As food safety and the chemicals and pesticides which contaminate our food supply are at the forefront of people's minds more than ever, it's important to research what we are really eating and exactly how it affects the human body.

When it comes to pesticides sprayed on food crops causing contamination, coupled with chemical additives in foods which we eat every day, it helps to find out what we can do as consumers to protect ourselves from these harmful substances as much as we can. For the majority of us, it's not about eating an 100% organic diet but more about making healthier choices when grocery shopping and ensuring that the "fresh" fruits and vegetables that we are buying are as healthy and natural as they can be.

Below are the top foods that you should be buying the organic version of (aka free from contaminants used in crop food production such as herbicides, pesticides and insecticides) whenever possible. So read on to learn about why you should buy organic and why.

Whilst it may not be financially possible to buy completely organic, or organic produce might not be readily available to you where you live all of the time, here are some tips on the best things to buy organic if and where you can -

There are many claims made about buying and eating organic foods, but which ones should I be purchasing...

These are the top 10 foods on the blacklist - in other words, they are the worst fruits and vegetables to buy non-organic due to either their porous nature or their ability to soak up pesticides used in crop spraying.

So, onto the top ten foods you need to buy organic because they are the most contaminated foods available:

  • Celery (celery has no protective skin so it's impossible to wash off chemicals - it has actually been ranked the number 1 dirtiest food!) So, definitely choose to buy your celery organic.
  • Peaches (peaches are a very easily contaminated food. Stay away from non-organic peaches.)
  • Apples (believe it or not, apples are a very highly contaminated fruit. Despite their thick skin, they take in a great deal of pesticides that washing and peeling can't remove. The fact that many people eat apples with the peel on just adds to the problem of non-organic apples.)
  • Pears (pears seem to always rank very highly on the contaminated foods list - well up over 90% contamination rate. So if you want to avoid pesticides, make sure that you are buying organic pears.)
  • Bell peppers/capsicum (even their shiny, thick skin doesn't offer a barrier to the nasty chemicals that are sprayed on during growing to kill bugs and pests. Their soft flesh easily soaks up the harmful chemical sprays used on crops.)
  • Blueberries (they always make the dirty dozen lists due to their extremely porous nature, like nearly all berries. Frozen blueberries were found to have slightly less contamination, however it's much safer to buy all your berries organic. If you have to make a choice on what foods you should buy organic, then berries should be on top of your list as they nearly always rank among the highest contamination of all fruits and vegetables.)
  • Strawberries (these are a food that you really want to be buying organic. In many tests and studies conduced on organic and non-organic food, around 90% of regular, non-organically grown strawberries were found to contain pesticides.)
  • Cherries (around the same amount of pesticide traces were found in cherries as were found in strawberries. A very good reason to buy organic.)
  • Potatoes (this is a surprising one but potatoes with thinner skins are the worst offenders. It's best to avoid buying non-organic potatoes of all kinds if you can though.)
  • Lettuce (last but not least, everyone's favourite salad base. Due to its many exposed surface areas and lack of protective skin or peel, lettuce cops the brunt of the 50 or more different types of pesticides regularly used on lettuce and leafy green crops.)

- Other highly contaminated foods to watch out for are nectarines and other stone fruit, tomatoes (although there is some debate about this), kale, spinach and other types of leafy greens, carrots and raspberries.

So next time you're at the supermarket, keep you and your family safe by choosing to buy these items organic.

Some foods are okay to eat non organic...
Some foods are okay to eat non organic... | Source

So what does Organic mean? Which foods are safe to buy Nonorganic?

We all hear the word "organic" thrown around when talking about eating clean and going natural with our diet, but many people don't actually know exactly what organic food really is. So basically organic produce is foods that are grown without the use of pesticides/insecticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones when the meat is considered organic.

So take some time to consider the options when choosing whether or not to go organic and rest assured that if you are unable to buy completely organic for any reason, then there is quite an extensive list of "safe" fruits and vegetable options that the Environmental Working Group has listed as the Clean 15 - meaning that they have deemed these particular foods so clean of pesticides that you don't need to buy organic...

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapple
  4. Avocado
  5. Asparagus
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Mango
  8. Eggplant
  9. Cantaloupe
  10. Kiwi
  11. Bananas
  12. Watermelon
  13. Sweet Potatoes
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Mushrooms

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    • April Reynolds profile image

      April Reynolds 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      This is a very helpful article. I was surprised to see the apples and pears on the dirty list and not grapes. Thank you for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      Good article! I buy organic in just about everything. Not only are the pesticides that are sprayed dangerous, but the ones implanted in GMO crops are downright terrifying!

    • Vellur profile image

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Great information, thank you for sharing. Going the organic way is a great choice. Voted up.

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      Craig Gibson 

      7 years ago from Traverse City Michigan

      It is refreshing to see that people are becoming aware of the dangers our supermarket foods possess. Buy organic and eat healthy

    • scarletquill99 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Australia

      Thanks - have added about fruits and vegetables now. Indeed, in theory it's good to also buy your meat organic as well, but it's not my highest priority as local Australian meat is top quality. Also for me, I am such a dairy lover that it wouldn't be practical for me to buy all my dairy products organic - I buy too many speciality cheeses and such, as well as dairy products that are not available in organic. For me, it's all about the fresh fruit and vegetables being grown organically. But I know that it's different for everyone so it really depends on where your priorities are and what you consume most of. Thanks for your comments, everyone.

    • scarletquill99 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Australia

      Yeah, sometimes the prices can be a little off-putting, so it's handy to know which are the most important items to purchase organic so you can pick and choose when you get to the fruit and veg section.

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      Theresa Ast 

      7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Very useful and helpful, especially for those of us who want to eat healthier, but can;t afford to buy 100% organic. Great Hub. Sharing.

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      Sid Kemp 

      7 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thanks, Scarlet. This is a great reference list. I would add only that it is a list of fruits and vegetables. For those who are going to eat meat, organic is the way to go altogether, and, in beef, grass-fed organic.

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      Sid Kemp 

      7 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thanks, Scarlet. This is a great reference list. I would add only that it is a list of fruits and vegetables. For those who are going to eat meat, organic is the way to go altogether, and, in beef, grass-fed organic.

    • scarletquill99 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Australia

      Thanks very much. Glad you enjoyed.

      Yes indeed, it's very important to look at both sides when it comes to buying organic food. I always like to research things before I buy and in this case, food is no exception. Sure, it's a little bit more expensive but in the long run but if you're a person who suffers from certain health conditions or are just concerned about your health now and in the future, a good place to start is to look at the foods you are consuming. In many cases, organic or natural food is better.

      I'm a real convert to organic food, even though I'm not the type of person who eats really "healthy" all the time at all (I like my fats and dairy I must admit!)... for me it's all about avoiding the unnatural stuff - stuff that really shouldn't have made its way onto our food.

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      Danson Wachira 

      7 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi scarletquill99,

      This is such a useful article with great information. Most of health problems are associated with the food we eat, if only we can observe what we consume. Most people are still apprehensive about organic food but this hub clears the doubts. Voted up and useful.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very well researched and useful hub. Thanks for providing so much information about organic food. I am a bit apprehensive about buying them at the stores. Your hub is a good guide about the positives and negatives of organic foods.

      Thanks for sharing.


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