Is Organic Worth It?

Organic lemons growing at my husbands grandparents house in Mexico

Organic fruits and veggies can cost 50-100% more than the non- organic varieties at the grocery store. It makes you wonder, is buying organic really worth the extra cost? Well according to the Environmental Working group a non profit organization that is based out of Washington DC some types of produce are more susceptible to pesticide residue than others. The group came up with a list of the “Dirty Dozen” the 12 foods that are definitely worth buying organic:

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Grapes (imported)
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes

This list above are the foods that you should focus on buying organic. These foods are affected most by chemicals and pesticides.
If you can’t afford to buy only organic, that’s OK. They also complied a list of 12 foods that have the least pesticide residue:

  • Papayas
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Bananas
  • Kiwifruit
  • Sweet peas (frozen)
  • Asparagus
  • Mangoes
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet corn (frozen)
  • Avocados
  • Onions
Homegrown avocado also grown at the grandparents in Mexico

So if you can only afford some organic foods make sure you stick to the dirty dozen.

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