Posted on: April 30, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Last updated: August 3, 2019 at 1:46 pm

You and I both know that there are many foods out there that contain pesticides that are not good for you health. However, could you, until today, point them out when you were walking around the grocery store?


I’m here to provide you with two separate lists.  The first list will explore the top 15 foods you should be avoiding at the grocery store. These foods are loaded with pesticides and have been detrimental to your health.

The second list will explore the foods you should be going out of your way to implement into your diet. I understand that some organic foods can be very expensive. However, they are very good for your health and have been proven to be pesticide free.


Here is the list of 12 foods you should be avoiding on your weekly grocery run. It may seem shocking but the statistics behind the matter are very reliable.

Dishonorable Produce:

  1. Hot peppers
  2. Celery
  3. Cherry tomatoes
  4. Cucumbers
  5. Grapes
  6. Sweet bell peppers
  7. Spinach
  8. Peaches
  9. Potatoes
  10. Imported nectarines
  11. Strawberries
  12. Apples

These non-organic foods have been tested for years. In fact the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has created these lists to warn people that they may be putting themselves at risk. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Data Program tested 28, 000 samples of washed and peeled samples of fruits and vegetables. Their findings were shocking, especially in relation to children, in specific infants.


Which is why we added 3 dishonorable mentions. Kale, collard greens and squash tested positive for pesticides that have been proven to be detrimental to the brain development of children.

To make matters even worse, throughout the EWG’s testing they found that 67% of produce contained pesticides. The scary thing is that the produce contained upwards to 15 different kinds of pesticides.

This raised concerns for many parents, and rightfully so. This is because baby foods like pears and pineapples tested positive for pesticides that are potentially harmful to their development. 94% of pears tested positive for pesticides.

This is terrifying for parents, especially parents with small developing children. Pesticides that are on par with the legal limits could still be very dangerous. These pesticides can cause vomiting, diarrhea and long-term neurological damage.

So, instead of buying the normal stuff you may be feeding your families try and buy organic foods that have been tested. These 15 foods will help you ensure that your family is not entering pesticides into their bodies unknowingly. Plus they taste great.

Honorable Organic Produce:

  1. Mushroom
  2. Onions
  3. Cabbage
  4. Cantaloupe
  5. Sweet corn
  6. Eggplant
  7. Grapefruit
  8. Kiwi
  9. Mangos
  10. Avocados
  11. Sweet Potato
  12. Papaya
  13. Pineapple
  14. Frozen Sweet Peas
  15. Asparagus

Now these are foods you can trust. They have been put through the ringer and have passed with flying colors. If you want to make sure your family is eating healthy, and not digesting harmful pesticides, than you have got to start buying organic foods.

The alarming statistics the EWG has collected is enough to scare me out of buying pesticide-riddled foods. Are the few extra bucks worth it to you? It’s definitely worth it to me.

If you want to know more about dishonorable foods visit Good Housekeeping.

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