The DeLish Bite

Lindsay Evans blogs about food, entertaining and her favourite recipes for Green Living.

With the news that the recession is likely to last longer than initially expected, we are all trying to prioritize our purchases. Often, organic food might be one of the first things to lop off the top of your list. However, it seems there is no need to banish organics completely from your diet in times of financial distress. Simply knowing which type of produce has the highest pesticide residues—and which do not—will enable you to keep you and your family safer, while keeping your hard earned money in-tact. The following list can help... 12 Most Contaminated Fruits and Veg Peaches Apples Bell Peppers Celery Nectarines Strawberries Cherries Pears Grapes Spinach Lettuce Potatoes 12 Least Contaminated Fruits and Veg Onions Avocado Frozen Sweet Corn Pineapples Mango Asparagus Frozen Sweet Peas Kiwi Bananas Cabbage Broccoli Papaya 5 Tips to protect yourself from pesticide residue found in non-organic fruits and veggies: 1. Buy fresh and seasonally veggies from local producers. Long distances and long shipping requires the use of more pesticides. 2. Trim the tops and ends of celery, lettuce, cabbages, and other leafy vegetables that may contain the bulk of pesticide residues. 3. Peel and cook veggies and fruits when appropriate. 4. Eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables will reduce your exposure to a certain type of pesticide residue. 5. Wash your fruits and veggies just prior to eating by immersing your produce in clean water or rinsing under running tap water. When appropriate, scrub with a brush. Image courtesy of flickr.com (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bigberto/2404525663/)