Research has found that people who eat more organic foods like produce, dairy, and meats, may significantly lower overall cancer diagnosis, especially lymphoma and breast cancer. A French study that followed 70,000 adults (mostly women) for 5 years found that those who most frequently consumed organic foods had 25% fewer cancers overall compared o those who never ate organics. Those who consumed organic foods the most had 76% fewer lymphomas, 86% fewer non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas, and 34% fewer post-menopausal breast cancers.
Although organically grown foods don’t necessarily have higher nutrient levels, the more important factor is that they don’t contain a lot of harmful chemicals, such as pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, and more. Research shows that organically grown crops do have significantly lower pesticide residues, as well as lower levels of toxins like cadmium, and choosing organic can lower your exposure to these contaminants.
You can eat healthier and save money by focusing on the 12 most important foods to buy organic. Each year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes a handy shopping guide to help you easily answer that question and prioritize your shopping list. Their list of the Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen foods will help you steer clear of those foods laden with the most pesticides and eat the cleanest diet you can.
The Clean 15
The EWG lists the 15 foods with the least amount of pesticides. If you’re on a budget, buy the non-organic versions of these foods and make sure you wash them thoroughly.
The Dirty Dozen
Your food budget is best spent of buying organic foods on the “Dirty Dozen” list. In 2017, the foods with the highest amounts of pesticides include: