Organic food consumption is gearing upwards in several parts of the world and for a good cause. It is worth purchasing such organic foods that are not contaminated with pesticides, unlike the conventional ones. Actually pesticides help in protecting plants from weeds and diseases, but they can cause a threat to your life when consumed in excess. Eating organic foods show great effects on the fertility, growth, immune system etc. However, everybody cannot purchase organic foods or afford to eat completely organic. There are several foods that contain a significant quantity of pesticide residue and are safe to purchase as well as consume even if they are non-organic.
Below is the list of the top 15 foods you can buy non-organic or conventional ones, if necessary
Carrots contain lots of nutrients especially vitamin A. A healthy dose of vitamin A in carrots can meet your daily requirement. Most of the pesticides used to cultivate carrots stick to the peel of the carrot. So, after peeling the skin of the carrot you can enjoy it in your salads and vegetable juices.
Kiwi contains lesser pesticide residues when compared to the conventional apples, peaches, and nectarines. Even though kiwi fruit has a less dense skin, the fruit doesn’t have to be sprayed with harmful pesticides. The skin of this fruit is highly nutritious and eating the whole fruit is recommended.
The cantaloupe contains a thick and hard skin and protects this juicy fruit inside from any pesticide residue. Cantaloupe and other melons are from the cucurbit family. However, cantaloupe contains great sources of beta-carotene, fiber, vitamin C etc. than the others.
Avocados are packed with healthy fats, potassium, etc. Avocados are helpful in controlling your cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and preventing the risks of heart strokes. The outer peel of the avocados can be peeled to keep the pesticides away from it and thus, making avocados an incredible fruit even if it is non-organic.
You don’t have to worry about onions even though they are conventional ones. Onions contain very fewer amounts of pesticide residue and hence, they can be purchased even if non-organic. Onions contain antioxidants and flavonoids known as quercetin that help prevent stomach ulcers.
The thick peel of the grapefruit helps in keeping the pesticide residues from contaminating the pulp of this fruit. The flavonoids and other compounds present in the citrus fruits such as grapefruit and oranges help in improving blood circulation throughout the body.
The thick and hard skin of the pineapple absorbs all the pesticides and hence you can purchase it even if it’s a conventional one. Pineapples are high in vitamin C and are an excellent substitute to the conventional strawberries loaded with pesticides. So, you can enjoy the sweet and tart flavored pineapple chunks daily.
Mushrooms fall in the list of the foods that are less sprayed with pesticides. Mushroom is the only plant source to get ample Vitamin D. They are nutrient-dense and healthy as well.
Mangoes are sweet substitutes for people having a sweet tooth and contain lesser pesticide residues and fewer calories. The thicker peel of the mangoes helps in preventing the toxic chemicals from invading the fruit. It is a satiety food and can be a healthy dessert when combined with yogurt.
Papaya is one such food that contains lesser doses of pesticide residues. This sweet papaya contains beta-carotene, fiber, etc. and can meet 80% of your daily Vitamin C requirement. The enzymes and compounds in papaya help in improving the digestion.
Asparagus contains fewer pesticide residues. It contains high doses of rutin, an antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory properties as well. So, you can include it in your diet either grilled or sautéed.
Sweet peas have lesser doses of pesticide residues and hence, they could be a great choice when you are buying conventional ones. They contain high doses of fiber and can meet most of the daily fiber requirement in both men and women. Add it to your soups, casseroles etc.
They contain lesser pesticide residues when compared to the other produce. They have a natural sweetness and contain beta-carotene, fiber, and vitamin C.
Eggplant contains fewer calories as well as high doses of fiber. The pesticides used to cultivate conventional eggplant don’t remain on its skin. It is, in fact, a safer choice to pick when compared to the potatoes and squash.
This cruciferous veggie contains a wide range of health benefits. It is rich in nutrients and can be added to your salads or sautéed. It is one of the safest foods to choose as they have lesser toxic residues than any other cruciferous vegetables.