The Dirty Dozen

April 2010
Everytime I go to the grocery, I get perplexed about which fruits and vegetables to buy …do I
have to buy the organic ones at their inflated prices or is it just as healthy for me to eat the
conventional produce?!? So I did some searching around on the web and found that the folks at
Good Morning America had the same issue.

They found that a single serving of some fruits and vegetables have as many a NINE different
pesticides in them! Wow! I definitely don’t want to put that into my body. So they compiled a list
of the twelve produce items with the highest levels of pesticides on them…the number one
offender?? Peaches! Seems that peaches require a lot of pesticides just to grow… so organic is
definitely the way to go when buying them. Here are the other eleven top offenders that you
should steer clear of and spend the extra bucks on organic:

Apples, Bell Peppers, Celery, Cherries, Nectarines, Strawberries, Kale, Lettuce, Imported
Grapes, Carrots, Pears

I also found another list on the web entitled “The Clean Fifteen.” You guessed it…it’s a list of the
produce items that contain the least amounts of pesticides and therefore purchasing conventional
is OK. Here they are:

Onion, Avocado, Sweet Corn, Pineapple, Mango, Asparagus, Sweet Peas, Kiwi, Cabbage,
Eggplant, Papaya, Watermelon, Broccoli, Tomato, Sweet Potato

Let me know if there’s a topic you would like me to discuss in my fit tips.

Joe Montgomery
Owner, Personal Trainer
Industrial Strength Inc.