Wellness Wednesdays with Sheri – The Dirty Dozen: The Most & Least Contaminated Produce

In Best Self Atlanta’s 2011 Atlanta Organic Food Guide, Neal McSpadden provides a great overview on what it means for a food to be “organic” and why organic foods can often be better for you and for the environment than foods that are not organically grown.

Although organic fruits and veggies can be better for your health, many people can’t afford to buy all organic all the time since organic produce can be pricey. But you don’t have to buy all organic produce to reduce your risk for chemical contamination. This list from the Environmental Working Group tells you which fruits and vegetables contain the most chemicals and which ones are least contaminated. Use it when shopping to help make the best choices for you and your family – even if you can’t buy entirely organic foods.

Growing your own produce using local, all-natural soil and no pesticides is a great, inexpensive way to make sure the veggies you are eating are totally organic.

12 Most Contaminated:

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Grapes (Imported)
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes

12 Least Contaminated:

  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Corn (Frozen)
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Peas (Frozen)
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Bananas
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Papaya

Sheri Oppenheimer is a health coach at Sweetgrass Spa in Little 5 Points and the Founder of The 100 Women Project. To schedule a FREE health makeover session with her ($125 value), call (404) 522-3223 or email Sheri at sheri@100womenproject.com.

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