(Last Updated On: March 2, 2018)

When it comes to buying produce, I often shy away from organic because these are expensive (it costs twice as much).

And add a lot to my credit card bill every month.

But after reading the article about the dirty dozen from the Huffington post and Health Trekker, it somehow changed my views because of the risks pesticides causes to our health.

So I did some research and came up with this infographic to guide you when to go organic or conventional. Also I have bonus tips at the end of the infographic on where you can buy affordable organic produce in your area and much more, so make sure to scroll all the way down.

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Why pesticides are bad?

There’s a lot of debate about the negative effects of pesticide. Critics say that pesticides has minimal effect on humans and shouldn’t be taken seriously. But as I dug deeper in my research, I found some eye opening info.

People who are at the highest risk would be children and expectant moms.

Billion pounds of pesticide!

In the United States alone, Farmers use over a billion pounds of pesticide annually. And most have one common ingredient – organophosphates.

According to Dr. Mercola, exposure to this pesticide has been linked to diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Even with minimal exposure, it’s dangerous because it all adds up.

Direct exposure to organophosphates has a terrible effect on pregnant women and their unborn babies.

Want proof?

In a CHAMACOS study done, they followed pregnant women who live in Salinas Valley.

A large agricultural land where half a million pounds of organophosphates sprayed every year.

They found out that women experienced shorter pregnancies and their children suffered poor neonatal reflexes, lower IQ, shorter attention spans and poor cognitive function.

Pesticide is a known carcinogenic and exposure over the long haul can lead to diseases like cancer.

Have you ever though why more people than ever in history have cancer?

One big reason would be pesticides. There’s pesticide exposure everywhere. From the ground up, there will be pesticide exposure.

So we have to do our due diligence and limit our exposure in the areas we can control like food. The less exposure to pesticide, the better our chances of avoiding diseases like cancer.

The dirty dozen list helps us by ranking the foods with the most and least amount of pesticide residue on it.

This serves as a guide for us shoppers on which foods to buy organic and which ones we can get away with buying conventional.

If you think buying organic is expensive, I’ve listed 5 tips on the infographic that’ll help you find affordable organic produce.

By the way, if you’re looking for more tips head over to Foodbabe’s site where she has a monster list of 75 ways on how to go organic on a budget.

Another great resource on money saving shopping tips is Bankrate where they list down 17 tips on buying organic on the cheap.

If you’re into eating raw foods or juicing, you’d have to be more careful because pesticides with go into your system at full strength in the absence of heat from cooking.

As always, right produce selection is paramount and don’t forget wash it well even if it’s organic.

Spreading the word!

Before I go, please spread the word about the Dirty Dozen.

I a lot of people don’t know about the danger of pesticides. And they ought to get educate themselves about it.

If you can share this with your co-workers, family and friends I’d you’ll be doing them a big favor.

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