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11 Fruits and Vegetables You Don't Have to Buy Organic

Nowadays, almost everyone agrees that the pesticides and herbicides used on non-organic produce have very harmful effects on human health and the environment. However, many people choose not to buy organic produce because it is usually more expensive. If you are like most people, you can't always budget organic produce into your grocery bill every month. This article is a guide to which fruits and vegetables are safe to buy non-organic.

Here is a similar article I wrote about produce that you should buy organic:


1. Watermelon. A great source of vitamins C, A, B6, potassium, and magnesium. They are full of antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. The rind is also edible and contains many nutrients. As watermelons have a thick exterior, they need few pesticides.

2. Sweet potato. Believe it or not, the sweet potato is only distantly related to the potato. They are easy to grow and have few predators. They rarely need pesticides. They are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and calcium.

3. Pineapples. Pineapples are chock full of vitamins and trace minerals. They have also been shown to aid in digestion, reduce inflammation and coagulation of the blood, and halt certain types of tumors. They are grown with very low levels of pesticides, most of which remain on the outside of the fruit.

Peas in a Pod

Peas in a Pod

4. Peas. Green peas are full of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They also help the immune system with their high amounts of iron and protect the eyes, and also help regulate blood sugar. While peas are exposed to a large amount of pesticides, they do not retain much of the residue.Furthermore, most of the pesticides are not absorbed through the external pods.

5. Onion. One of the oldest food sources for human beings, onions are used in a great deal of folk remedies, along with its close relative, garlic. Not only do onionsprotect against cancer, inflammation, and high cholesterol, they have a unique chemical that inhibits inflammation. There is evidence to suggest that onions help maintain bone density. They are rarely exposed to toxic pesticides.

6. Mango. Exotic and delicious, mangos are a happy addition to most people's fruit bowl. They are full of nutrients, including a few that aren't found in any other food. The pulp is full of fiber and chemicals that protect the eyes and skin. They are also known to help the immune system fight influenza, prevent blood clots, and clear plaque from the arteries. They contain minimal amounts of pesticides.



7. Kiwis. Full of vitamins C and E, as well as omega-3 fatty acids. A study from the University of Oslo demonstrated that kiwis have a similar effect to aspirin in thinning the blood. Eating 2-3 kiwis every day for a month can significantly reduce the risk of blood clots. The skin is edible and full of fiber, which is useful for treating a number of conditions. They contain minimal levels of pesticides.

8. Grapefuit. They are full of vitamins and calcium. They also help lower blood cholesterol. They have relatively low amounts of pesticides on them, most of which remain on the peel.

9. Corn. Yellow sweet corn is the most nutritious, though it is a bit more difficult to find than the more common white corn. Corn is important for healthy vision and cardiovascular health, and is a great source of vitamins and minerals. Herbicides and pesticides are used on corn, but studies suggest that the plant retains little pesticide residue.

Sweet yellow corn on the cob.

Sweet yellow corn on the cob.

10. Avocado. High in valuable fats and nutrients, avocados have even more potassium than bananas. They also have a high fat content, most of which are very healthy fats that have been proven to lower cholesterol and protect against breast cancer. Avocados are a great source of fiber. The skin of the avocado protects the inside from most pesticides.

11. Asparagus. This funny looking plant is packed full of vitamins including folate. Ancient physicians described asparagus as cleansing and healing due to their diuretic effect. It also contains a special chemical that promotes the health of beneficial bacteria in our large intestine, providing more immune protection against harmful bacteria. Even though asparagus is full of flavor, bugs don't like it! Farmers hardly ever use pesticides on it.



For more information on this subject, check out this article that I wrote about the most pesticide-laden produce.

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Jaime A. Heidel from Connecticut on April 29, 2014:

Just happened to see this Hub on I agree. No corn. Unless it's organic, I don't buy it.

Stephanie Das (author) from Miami, US on November 03, 2011:

@lobobrandon and eye say- I agree. I've even had people comment and alert me of spelling mistakes. I really appreciate it because it makes my articles better.

Brandon Lobo on November 03, 2011:

Helpful advice is always welcome. I read this hub I never noticed that either :)

Eye say; I say you've done a great job :D

eye say from Canada on November 03, 2011:

no worries and thanks for taking the time to update your article, that hadn't occurred to me, still a noobie :O).

Stephanie Das (author) from Miami, US on November 03, 2011:

@eye say- You bring up an interesting point. I agree with you that gm foods are not the way to go. When I made this list, I didn't even think about that factor, only pesticides. Ahh, eating is so complicated in this modern world! I will make a small note in the corn section in a few days to include that fact. Thanks for the comment, and for bringing up something I hadn't thought of :)

eye say from Canada on November 02, 2011:

I found the info really useful and agreed with all except 9. corn. I believe that of all vegetables corn is one that must be organic in every form or don't bother. All corn now is genetically modified, unless it's organic and for me that's enough to insist on organic corn.

It's a great list otherwise, it'll be going up on my fridge!

Brandon Lobo on October 31, 2011:

I guess I read it about a week back on Yahoo news. Happened somewhere in east Europe I can't remember the place name though. It was one of the small lesser known European countries :)

I'm actually good at geography

Stephanie Das (author) from Miami, US on October 31, 2011:

I've never heard of that happening, but it sounds horrible! That is real fraud.

Brandon Lobo on October 31, 2011:

That's very true. Often people fall in traps buying organic stuff either when its not required or they get cheated by fraudsters. I know many people who've complained of getting non organic stuff wherein they were supposed to get organic veggies

Stephanie Das (author) from Miami, US on October 31, 2011:

Thank you lobobrandon, I think it is an important topic nowadays. if more people are educated, we can help make ourselves and our planet healthier.

Brandon Lobo on October 31, 2011:

Awesome hub I always thought the sweet potato and potato were closely related. Very useful hub voted up

Stephanie Das (author) from Miami, US on September 21, 2011:

Thanks! I'm glad you found this useful.

Carolyn Augustine from Iowa on September 21, 2011:

Fabulous, this information well help my family stay healthier while keeping to our budget. I appreciate the nutritional information too. Great hub.

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