When it comes to chemical exposure, it’s essential that you watch out for what put in your grocery cart!

More than a billion pounds of chemical pesticides are used in the US each year. A large amount of those pesticides go into food production — and land on the food that we eat. These pesticides are harmful to our bodies in general. Plus, some of the most common ones are known endocrine disruptors –  chemicals that suppress or lower our testosterone levels.

When someone asks, “Are organic foods worth the cost?” You already know the answer – hint: absolutely yes! (If you don’t know already, learn more about that here.)

Although scrubbing can remove some topic pesticides, it’s impossible to remove it all. These chemicals become systemic in the fruit as it grows. According to the Organic Consumers Organization, there are a number of fruits and vegetables you should avoid. They’re called “The Dirty Dozen.” Start by choosing organic for these 12 fruits and vegetables…

The 2016 list of “Dirty Dozen”:
Produce (food) that you MUST go organic!

We’re talking here about fruits and vegetables that are non-organic and which have been subjected to heavy amounts of pesticides, fungicides, and fertilizers that can harm your body. Your best bet is to eat only organic certified versions of these fruits and vegetables, when possible.

“EWG analyzed pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration to come up with rankings for these popular fresh produce items.”

  1. Strawberries
  2. Apples (including apple juice and applesauce)
  3. Nectarines
  4. Peaches (including canned peaches)
  5. Celery
  6. Grapes (including raisins)
  7. Cherries
  8. Spinach
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Sweet Bell Peppers
  11. Cherry Tomatoes
  12. Cucumbers

“While hot peppers and leafy greens like kale and collard greens did not meet the criteria to be ranked on the list, some samples were found to contain toxic insecticides, and it encouraged consumers to consider organic options,” the Environmental Working Group reported.

To take it to the next level, check out A Guide to the Top Foods for Natural Testosterone Boosting. It has all the best tips to continue eating well to support your health.


  • https://www.ewg.org/foodnews

  • https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/new-fruit-tops-dirty-dozen-list-most-contaminated-produce