1. Go organic: avoid the “dirty dozen”
They are called the “dirty dozen,” pesticide-laden produce that when possible you should spend the extra money to buy organic: apples, celery, sweet bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, imported nectarines, grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, domestic blueberries, potatoes. Plus watch out for two more: kale and green beans!
2. Buy conventional: The 15 “cleanest” low pesticide foods are…
No need to spend the extra for certain organically grown produce as the conventional is low in pesticides: onions, sweet corn, avocado, pineapple, cabbage, sweet peas, asparagus, mango, eggplant, kiwi, domestic cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, watermelon and mushrooms.
3. When possible eat the low mercury seafood:
Here are the fish that contain the lowest amount of mercury:
Snapper, canned light tuna, trout, squid, crab, scallop, flounder, herring, Pollock, sardines, salmon, oysters and tilapia
4. Eat fish highest in heart-healthy omega-3:
Salmon, herring, anchovy, sablefish, whitefish, tuna, sardines, oysters, halibut, rainbow trout.