Best Buys in Organic Food

Stretch your food budget by picking the best buys in organic produce

The slightly higher price of organic food scares some consumers away. For consumers who are as budget-conscious as they are health-conscious, the Environmental Working Group has developed a “Dirty Dozen” list of 12 foods that are best to buy organic, since the commercial varieties tend to be high in pesticide residues. The best buys are:

• Peaches
• Apples
• Bell Peppers
• Celery
• Nectarines
• Strawberries
• Cherries
• Kale
• Lettuces
• Grapes
• Carrots
• Pears

Conversely, some foods tend to be very low in pesticides, even when grown commercially. For example, pineapples, corn and mangos are peeled before eaten and tend to have fewer pesticides in their flesh. Save money by purchasing the following as regular, non-organic “Clean Fifteen” produce:

• Onions
• Avocados
• Sweet Corn
• Pineapples
• Mangoes
• Asparagus
• Sweet Peas
• Kiwis
• Cabbages
• Eggplants
• Papayas
• Watermelons
• Broccoli
• Tomatoes
• Sweet Potatoes

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Posted: 02/26/2010 at 09:13 AM
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