When to Buy Organic...

One common misconception is that organic food is healthier, but that is not entirely true. In some cases, yes, but in some cases, you mothers out there may be wasting your money.

I feel like each year something new comes out, one year organic is great and the next year it is not. Let us look at whether it is worth your money to buy organic, and whether it is not.

Eating fresh produce is very vital to maintain optimum health, but the pesticides continue to be a health concern. By choosing organic food, you eliminate being exposed to the potentially risky chemicals. There is a list out there that has been deemed “The Dirty Dozen”, these are foods you should always buy organic OR grow them yourself organically. There is a subsequent list called “The Clean 15”, which is considerably safer to not buy organically. So essentially, of the fruit and vegetable categories tested, “The Clean 15” foods have the lowest pesticide load, and consequently are the safest traditionally grown crops to consume from the angle of pesticide contamination. So, stop wasting your hard-earned money buying these fresh foods at Whole Foods.

The Dirty Dozen:

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Nectarines (imported)
  • Cucumbers
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Snap peas (imported)
  • Potatoes

 The Clean 15:

  • Avocados
  • Sweet corn
  • Pineapples
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet peas (frozen)
  • Onions
  • Asparagus
  • Mangoes
  • Papayas
  • Kiwi
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Cantaloupe (domestic)
  • Cauliflower
  • Sweet potatoes
Mary Drennen