The Dirty Dozen: Produce You Should Always Buy Organic

Let’s be honest. Organic food is typically more expensive than non-organic foods…but is it worth the extra cost? I say yes if you’re buying one of the dirty dozen.

Health experts recommend buying organic when it comes to these 12 fruits and vegetables:

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Imported Grapes
  • Potatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Imported Nectarines
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Domestic Blueberries
  • Kale and Collard Greens

Produce that you can save money on and buy non-organic:

  • Onion
  • Pineapple
  • Asparagus
  • Mango
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet Potato
  • Mushrooms
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Peas
  • Eggplant
  • Cantaloupe
  • Kiwi
  • Watermelon
  • Grapefruit

In order for foods to be organic, they must be grown or processed without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers or herbicides. Plus, they also cannot contain artificial ingredients or preservatives.

If you eat meat, you may want to consider buying organic, grass-fed meat. Animals can accumulate residues from the foods they eat and store them in their fat. So whatever they eat, you ultimately end up consuming as well.

Meat that has an organic label means that the animal was only fed organic grass or grain with no byproducts. Also, they were not treated with antibiotics or hormones. There is also an animal welfare component; meat that is organic means that the animals were able to graze outside on a pasture that meets USDA requirements.

Happy eating!


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