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Dirty Dozen List of Organic Must-Haves

We all want to be as healthy as we can be and we believe in eating natural, organic foods that are free from pesticides and other harmful chemicals. But we also have family preferences and budgets to consider as we do our grocery shopping. For most of us, it isn’t realistic to think that we will pick up every single item in our shopping cart from the Organic Foods section as we aim to get our 3-5 servings per day of fruits and vegetables. Some produce is riskier than others in relation to pesticides. Fruits and vegetables with the most porous of skin are likely to absorb more unnatural chemicals which cannot always be washed off. In fact, the USDA has found over 145 different pesticides on fruits and vegetables, many of which still remain even when the produce is washed—and sometimes even when peeled!

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