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To Buy or Not To Buy Organic

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: FAQ

Fresh fruits and vegetables are all around us, but most of them come with a few extras (pesticides). Organic fruits and vegetables are grown without pesticides, irradiation and/or bioengineering.

While buying organic may be healthier than non-organic, not everyone can afford the organic food prices. How do you draw that line? 

The USDA released a report last year of the fruits & vegetables with the most pesticides on them - meaning to always by these as organic to avoid eating those pesticides. 

Here are the top 5 fruits and vegetables that we should always buy as organic;

  • Apples (including apple juice & apple sauce)
  • Celery
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Spinach

Rinsing and/or peeling will not eliminate all the pesticides.

Below are also some fruits and vegetables that are 'cleaner' (or have the least amount of pesticides);

  • Onions
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Grapefruit
  • Mushrooms

Buying these as non-organic fruits and vegetables is a way to save a little money and not have the highest exposure to pesticides.

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