Thursday, August 25, 2011

Easy Tips for Buying Organic Produce

One of the biggest reasons most people don't buy 100% organic is because it can really drive up your grocery bill. So, like many, I end up having to make choices when it comes to organic vs. conventional. The area of the grocery store with the most choices tends to be the produce section. The one rule I almost always follow is that I buy conventional produce if the fruit or veggie has a skin that I remove before eating, like bananas or oranges. Yes, the pesticides could seep through, but if I'm going to draw a line, that seems like a good place to start. Otherwise, I try to buy organic. But even then, I wonder if it's really worth higher price.

Thankfully, the Environmental Working Group makes grocery trips a little easier with their annual list, "The Dirty Dozen." They list the 12 fruits and veggies that they found to have the highest levels of pesticides. If you're going to buy organic, these are the choices to make in the produce aisle. The top five are:

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
You can find the entire list here. And an explanation of how those foods made the list here.

The EWG also has a list called "The Clean 15." These are the fruits and veggies least likely to test positive for pesticides. That means they are ok to buy conventional. The top five are:

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Asparagus
Click here for the full list.

The list is too long to commit to memory, so I like to bookmark either this page or the page linked with the entire list and pull it up on my iPhone when I get to the grocery story. That way I don't have to guess and I know I'm getting all the benefits of fresh produce sans the nasty chemicals.

-Tara Daudani

posted by Jennifer Adams Design Group Blog @ 5:00 AM 

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