The Dirty Dozen

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Buying organic can get pricey. We are all watching our money these days, and really need to make the most bang for our buck.

Why are we buying organic? One of the main reasons to buy organic is to reduce your exposure to pesticides in foods. There are some foods that require more pesticide use when grown conventionally than others. Peanuts, for instance, are very susceptible to a certain fungus, so they are heavily sprayed with anti-fungal spray.

Here is a list of the Most and Least contaminated foods made by the Environmental Working Group:

12 Most Contaminated

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Grapes (Imported)
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes

12 Least Contaminated

  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Corn (Frozen)
  • Pineapples
  • Mango
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Peas (Frozen)
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Bananas
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Papaya

You would want to find organic sources of the most contaminated foods – or just avoid them all together. You could even choose to buy those local if you have that option. You wouldn’t have to worry so much about the least contaminated foods – and can save some money there.

How do you save money when trying to eat whole foods?

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