What The Doctors Won’t Eat: Non-Organic Potatoes


The problem: Root vegetables absorb herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides that wind up in soil. Potatoes–the nation’s most popular vegetable–are treated with fungicides during the growing season, then sprayed with herbicides to kill off the fibrous vines before harvesting. After they’re dug up, the potatoes are treated yet again to prevent them from sprouting.

The solution: Buy organic potatoes. Washing isn’t good enough if you’re trying to remove chemicals that have been absorbed into the flesh.

Budget tip: Organic potatoes are $1 to $2 a pound, which is slightly more expensive than conventional spuds, but worth it.