Eating well isn't just about making sure your diet is nutrient rich, but also about minimizing your intake of substances that can do you harm. Whilst there are endless debates and studies as to how dangerous pesticides, additives and other chemicals are to the body, I tend to follow the philosophy that if something is artificial, i.e. wouldn't be something our ancestors were exposed to in nature, then it will be foreign to the body and therefore at the least confuse it and at the worst harm it.
Consequently I like to buy organic groceries whenever possible but it makes for an expensive shopping bill! Something I always prioritize is buying organic fruit and veg to avoid the harmful pesticides that are sprayed onto them as they grow. Still these aren't always available so it's worth knowing which are the most harmful when you're doing your weekly shop.
Fortunately the Environmental Working Group has done the hard work and worked out which these are - it's data for US produce but will still likely hold true in Europe. Also if you register on their site you'll get other useful info on other ways to minimized your pesticide exposure.
Their top 12 fruit and veg to buy organically are listed below so next time these items are on your shopping list look for them in the organic section:
apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, grapes, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries. lettuce, kale