Looking around at the grocery store, you’ll notice that the price of every single piece of organic produce is more expensive than its conventional counterpart … even when that conventional counterpart is coming from Mexico and your organic produce is coming from a local farm. Why is that exactly?
So, we know that buying more organic food is better for us but does all the produce we buy have to be organic? The answer is no. There are certain fruits and vegetables that don’t require as much chemicals, hormones, or pesticides to grow, making the non-organic produce safer to eat. So, you can save more money for the produce you will always want to buy organic. Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce you to the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen.
These are the fruits and vegetables you should always buy organic because they are either grown with the highest amounts of pesticides, chemicals, and hormones or they absorb the most during their growth cycle. This means they have the most chemical residue at the time of purchase.
Sweet Bell Peppers
Bonus: Hot Peppers, Kale, and Collard Greens
**These three all depend on the season and where they are produced ***
These are the fruits and vegetables that have the least amount of chemicals and pesticides used during the growth process or they absorb the least. You will notice that most of these vegetables have outer shells that you don’t consume or you discard, which makes them safer to eat and protects them from chemicals. So, feel free to save some money and buy conventional with these!
Sweet Peas (Frozen)
Ways to avoid the higher prices: