Sunday, December 5, 2010

When To Buy Organic vs. Conventional Fruits & Vegetables

Wondering if organic produce is really worth the extra cost? It depends, because fruits and vegetables contain varying amounts of pesticide. The Environmental Working Group The Environmental Working Group recently updated it's guide as to when it's healthier to choose organic produce.

 Buy Organic When You Can (since these are more likely to contain pesticides):

1.  Celery
2.  Peaches
3.  Strawberries
4.  Apples
5.  Blueberries (domestic)
6.  Nectarines
7.  Sweet bell peppers
8.  Spinach
9.  Cherries
10. Kale/Collard Greens
11. Potatoes
12. Grapes (imported)

Go Conventional With These Low In Pesticides Fruits and Veggies:

1.   Onions
2.   Avocado
3.   Sweet corn (frozen)
4.   Pineapple
5.   Mangoes
6.   Peas (frozen)
7.   Asparagus
8.   Kiwi
9    Cabbage
10. Eggplant
11. Cantaloupe (domestic)
12. Watermelon
13. Grapefruit
14. Sweet Potatoes
15. Honeydew Melon

Although organic produce is more expensive than conventional,  it's a smart investment towards preventative health. Be proactive in your food choices to achieve a healthy body!  

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