Have you ever wondered whether or not you should spend the extra money on organic foods? I know I have. With summer quickly approaching, many of us will soon have access to a plethora of fruits and vegetables. Let’s talk about the ones you should buy organic.
There’s a list put together by the Environmental Working Group called “The Dirty Dozen”. It lists the 12 fruits and vegetables that were shown to have the highest levels of pesticide residue when tested. If you have a limited amount of extra money to spend on organic produce, those are the 12 you should focus on making sure you buy organic.
Today, I thought I’d highlight 4 fruits you definitely want to buy organic:
1. Peaches – they love to hold onto the more than 60 different kinds of pesticides that have been found on them. Buying these organic is the best choice.
2. Apples – No matter how many times you brush or peel apples, their pesticide residue won’t come off making it imperative to purchase the organic kinds. Almost 98% of apples tested positive for pesticides.
3. Strawberries – These, my friends, are ranked fairly high on the EWG’s Dirty Dozen. Many berries tested are found to have 10+ different pesticides on them. Problems with fungus tends to prompt farmers to spray them with pesticides.
4. Imported grapes – Avoid imported grapes as these can test positive for more than 30 different kinds of pesticides. Don’t remove these awesome little darlings from your diet though, just purchase the organic kind.
These fruits are the ones you eat skin and all. Which means you are taking in all of the pesticides. Whereas, fruits like oranges and bananas also have skin, but you don’t eat that skin (or maybe I should say, “I don’t eat the skin.”).
So what exactly does buying organic mean?
It means that no pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used to grow the produce on the farms. The farmers, their employees, and those living near the farms are exposed to fewer chemicals. And since no chemicals are used when growing, the produce won’t have pesticide residue on it when you buy it and eventually eat it!
But what about the cost?
I’m the first to admit that buying organic can be expensive. Here are a few tips for saving money when buying organic:
- Produce is at its cheapest when it’s in season. Research what fruits and vegetables are in season each month and create a meal plan that incorporates them into your diet.
- Use your freezer. Stock up on fruits and vegetables when they in season and less expensive. Then freeze some to enjoy at other times of the year when they are more expensive to buy them in the store. You could also try pickling or canning fruits and vegetables in order to save money and add some variety.
- Shop locally. Check for organic produce at your local farmer’s market. You can often find things cheaper than they are at the grocery store and sometimes you can even barter for a lower price.