Don’t Waste Your Money: When You Should and Shouldn’t Buy Organic

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We all know certified organic foods are much more expensive than their non-certified counterparts. But is it always worth it to buy organic?

Fresh is Better

Keep in mind that fresh fruits and vegetables, organic or not, will always be healthier than prepackaged junk food snacks. Don’t let the cost of organic food deter you from choosing the healthier option.

Non-organic foods may cost less in the short term, but we also should consider the hidden costs. Industrial agriculture is quite taxing on our planet, and potentially even to our health. To avoid negative long-term effects, conscious consumption is advised.  Also, the more chemicals we can avoid, the better.

We highly recommend buying organic when it comes to the “Dirty Dozen.” For example, apples are high on the list for a reason. Due to the pesticide spraying process, apples have become one of the most highly contaminated crops out there.

The chemicals sprayed on the trees stick to the apple’s skin and can even seep into the flesh as well. You probably don’t want to be regularly ingesting the chemicals often found on non-organically grown apples.

Not all fruits and vegetables are equal when it comes to pesticide use, however. Some are far less likely to be contaminated with chemicals. Since buying everything organic can really add up, this is where you can save some money by not buying organic.

The Clean Fifteen

\These are the fruits and veggies least likely to be contaminated by pesticides and other chemicals.

  1. Sweet Corn*
  2. Avocados
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onions
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Papayas*
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mangoes
  10. Eggplant
  11. Honeydew
  12. Kiwi
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Grapefruit

* Some sweet corn and papayas may be grown from GMO seeds. If you want to avoid GMO produce, you might want to buy organic varieties of these foods.