There’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh produce at the grocery store. Unfortunately, many fruits and vegetables are simply layered with disgusting bacteria that can make you sick. In fact, produce is more likely to make you sick than meat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
So, what exactly is making people who eat grocery store produce sick? There are a number of factors to consider, all of which should push consumers to consider buying organic the next time they head down the local produce aisle.
Unfortunately, many non-organic fruits and vegetables are covered in pesticides that can potentially make one very sick. A recent report from the Environmental Working Group, a United States-based health research organization, showed that many of the world’s most popular fruits and vegetables are coated in pesticides.
That list includes apples, celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, peppers, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, spinach, strawberries, kale, collard greens, and squash. Less covered in pesticide, according to the EWG: Asparagus, avocados, cabbage, cantaloupe, corn, eggplant, grapefruit, and kiwi.