LGG to Buying Organic

Organic vs. non-organic? That is the question! I, myself have always thought it was all hog wash until I sat down one night with some friends over dinner and we somehow got onto the topic as me and the hubs have been on the non-organic side of things. Our friends noted once they had kids they went all organic. And of course I had to point out how RIDICULOUSLY expensive “buying organic” is. The price difference is HUGE and if I’m going to spend money on buying organic, I want to make sure that the health benefit is worth it! When I’m looking at my Harris Teeter gala apples that retails for $1.29 non-organic and then $2.45 per pound organic I have to raise an eyebrow.

While I will note that research indicates that buying organic is better for your health, my wallet says otherwise. But the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has compiled two lists, the Dirty Dozen (the better to buy organic option) and the Clean Fifteen (the, you will be ok and save some change option) that can help guide consumers to make better choices when purchasing produce. So if you want to know the good and bad really quickly, check out the two lists below.

The Dirty Dozen
1. Apples
2. Strawberries
3. Grapes
4. Celery
5. Peaches
6. Spinach
7. Sweet Bell Peppers
8. Nectarines (Imported)
9. Cucumbers
10. Cherry Tomatoes
11. Snap Peas (Imported)
12. Potatoes

The Clean Fifteen
1. Avocados
2. Sweet Corn
3. Pineapples
4. Cabbage
5. Sweet Peas (Frozen)
6. Onions
7. Asparagus
8. Mangoes
9. Papayas
10. Kiwi
11. Eggplant
12. Grapefruit
13. Cantaloupe
14. Cauliflower
15. Sweet Potatoes

For more information check out the EWG Website.

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