Buying organic can ensure you’re getting food that is free of pesticide residue found on most conventionally grown produce, but some foods that are conventionally farmed are perfectly clean, according to the Environmental Working Group's most recent guide to pesticides in produce.
When food is labeled organic, it means that ingredients or food products are grown and made without using pesticides, fertilizers or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). For animal products like chicken or beef to be labeled organic, the animals are not fed antibiotics or growth hormones.
Nearly 70 percent of produce in the U.S. contains pesticide residues, according to the EWG, which specializes in agricultural research advocating against toxic chemicals and pollutants in food and water. Foods like kale, spinach and apples are among some of the dirtiest foods on the list, while others like avocados and sweet corn can be consumed as they are.
These are some of the cleanest foods at supermarkets that don’t need to be bought organic:
The green fruit favorite seen around brunch menus across the country is said to be one of the safest fruits to consume non-organic due to the thickness of its fruit skin that guards against pesticides contaminating the inside of the fruit.
The green stemmed vegetable packed with vitamins A, C, E and K is one of the least likely to contain pesticides, according to the EWG.
This layered veggie high in vitamin C is said to contain less pesticide residue than other traditionally grown fruits and veggies, according to EWG.
Up to 80 percent of frozen sweet peas found in supermarkets were free of pesticide residues, EWG noted.
Sweet corn is said to have less than 2 percent of pesticide residues and is one of the cleanest vegetables eaters can buy.