Apples, strawberries, spinach, potatoes, and kale are all healthy organic options that can be found in markets and grocery stores everywhere. The USDA has concluded that by switching to organic versions of these products, consumers can reduce their exposure to harmful pesticides by as much as 80 percent.
Apples, strawberries, spinach, potatoes, and kale were all featured on Environmental Working Groups article on its research about reducing harmful pesticide intake. Apples are amongst the most highly sprayed foods in terms of pesticides; these chemicals also work their way into other apple products such as juice. Strawberries are often also exposed to pesticides due to their low resistance to fungi. Both apples and strawberries tested from markets have been found to contain over 40 types of pesticide residue.
Spinach and kale are both healthy, hardy vegetables; however, farmers will still spray them with pesticides to prevent any potential crop loss. Both are staples of the organic market and can be found in most places. Potatoes also absorb pesticides,so organic versions may be preferable. However, potatoes are not always the easiest food to locate at organic markets, so sweet potatoes offer a healthy and tasty alternative that can be easier to find in an organic version.