When Should You Buy Organic!

Burnt Macaroni - Roasted Veggies - Bread - Farmers - Aquarium 249I really didn’t think about buying organic food until after I had kids.  I think around that time it also became popular to buy organic.  And now whenever I go into the grocery store I always look for the organic food, especially in the fresh produce isle. But I have to admit, it’s not always easy to find the foods you like that are also organic and the cost is considerably higher than non-organic foods.  So when should you splurge and when is it not necessary?  First we must understand why the difference.

So why should we buy organic foods?


According to The Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides, there are fruits and veggies that are prone to having pesticide residue on it. And sometimes washing doesn’t always get rid of it.

Some foods you should buy organic include:
-Apples
-Celery
-Cucumbers
-Grapes
-Lettuce
-Peaches
-Pears
-Potatoes
-Nectarines
-Spinach
-Strawberries
-Sweet Bell Peppers

There are a lot more on this list.  The rule of thumb should be, any food where you eat the outer layer.

Foods you do NOT need to buy organic include:
-Asparagus
-Avocados
-Cabbage
-Cantaloupe
-Cauliflower
-Eggplant
-Grapefruit
-Kiwi
-Onions
-Pineapples
-Sweet corn

Buying organic isn’t your only option with these foods. You can always start your own garden and grow these fruits and veggies without any harmful pesticides. I also suggest buying organic milk when you can. This may be more expensive, but it’s worth it.

And don’t forget to visit your local Farmers Market!  These farmers work hard to keep your foods safe so it’s a good idea to pay them back with your business!

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