Fruits and vegetables to Avoid

Fruits and vegetables to avoid

I hope I got your attention with the title which is 100% absolutely true! Some fruits and vegetables are so contaminated with pesticides that they might actually harm you more than help you. Those conventionally grown fruits and vegetables need to be avoided at all cost unless you buy them organically grown.


Environmental Working Group just released its annual “EWG’s 2012 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce” with updated information on 45 popular fruits and vegetables and their total pesticide contamination loads. “Organophosphate pesticides are of special concern since they are associated with neurodevelopmental effects in children,” said EWG toxicologist Johanna Congleton. “Infants in particular should avoid exposure to these pesticides since they are more susceptible to the effects of chemical insult than adults.” The American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents to “minimize using foods in which chemical pesticides or herbicides were used by farmers.” Of course it is highly advisable to buy all your fruits and vegetables organic but given the higher cost of organic produce we understand that it is not always possible.

Which conventional (non organic) fruits and vegetables are safe ?

Those fruits and vegetables are safe to buy “not organic” but I always advise friends and family that if they don’t want (or can’t) buy organic produce, at least find farmers market close by or buy from locals farmers.

  • Onions
  • Pineapples – (Update – avoid GMO pineapples from Costa Rica)
  • Avocado
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet peas
  • Asparagus
  • Mangoes
  • Eggplant
  • . . .


I intentionally skipped sweet cord which is second cleanest on EWG’s list because vast majority of corn grown in US is genetically modified, therefore I highly advise anybody to buy only organic corn.

Those fruits and vegetables buy ONLY organic !

Following fruits and vegetables are so contaminated with toxins that you need to be crazy not buy them organic. Of course conventionally grown fruits and vegetables are still better for you than any fast foods, but you are risking your health and health of your family by buying those if they are not organic. Here are some of the “dirtiest” fruits and veggies:

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Nectarines – imported
  • Grapes
  • Spinach
  • . . .

What to do if can’t afford organic ?

Organic fruits and vegetables are getting more affordable than ever due to the fact that more people are aware of conventional produce contamination and are opting for organics. Still the cost of organic fruits and vegetables is more than some families can afford. The way my family cut on “dirty” fruits and vegetables was by substituting “dirty” fruits and vegetables with “clean” ones as much as we can. My local supermarket rarely carries organic strawberries so we usually substitute them with pineapples and kiwis and other “clean” fruits. Those everyday choices might seem not than important at a time but healthy and educated choices are what helps us stay healthy naturally.

Sources for this article:

EWG News release – Researchers Highlight Pesticides in Produce, Baby Food, Tap Water

EWG’s 2012 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce

Download EWG’s guide as PDF

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2 thoughts on “Fruits and vegetables to Avoid

  1. Yeah spray all the apples with toxins so they will never go bad and taste like wood. Hate big agro, Buy organic only and put your money where your mouth is !!!

  2. this is ridiculous and scary at the same time !

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