9.24.2012

{when to buy organic}

organic has been all the rage in recent years.
i first considered buying organic foods after having kids, because i only wanted the best for them. but, it was overwhelming trying to shop for and plan organic meals, not to
mention hard on the wallet. so i wanted to know,
when exactly do i need to buy organic?
 
 
every year, the environmental working group (ewg) tests for pesticide residue on produce and compiles a list of the most and least contaminated fruits and vegetables.
 
here's 2012s dirty dozen:
(buy organic when possible)
 
1) apples
(also consider applesauce and apple juice)
2) celery
3) sweet bell peppers
4) peaches
5) strawberries
6) nectarines - imported
7) grapes
(also consider grape juices and wine)
8) spinach
9) lettuce
(also consider kale, collards, and green beans)
10) cucumbers
11) blueberries - domestic
12) potatoes
 
here's 2012s clean 15:
(save money on these, no need to buy organic)
 
1) onions
2) sweet corn
3) pineapple
4) avocado
5) cabbage
6) sweet peas
7) asparagus
8) mangos
9) eggplant
10) kiwi
11) cantaloupe - domestic
12) sweet potato
13) grapefruit
14) watermelon
15) mushrooms
 
source: ewg.org/foodnews
 
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some other things to consider are milk (because it's a big part of a child's diet), coffee & chocolate (the coffee/cocoa beans may be grown in countries that do not regulate use of pesticides), and foods in jars or boxes vs. canned varieties (the lining of the can has chemicals that may leak into foods).
 
and finally, a great rule to follow is to buy organic versions of your favorites. buying organic versions of things you eat or use the most will greatly reduce your exposure to harmful pesticides and chemicals.
 
what's your thoughts on buying organic?

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21 comments:

  1. I'm really bad about not getting organic veggies very often. I will probably die from GMOs and pesticides and god knows what!

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  2. Loved reading this! I buy organic as often as possible but it does get expensive! These are definitely great tips!
    :)
    Allison
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  3. Interesting blog dear! ;)
    Cool that u have 2!


    XX,
    Christina

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  4. Hi dear…nice blog… ❤
    What do you think to follow each other on bloglovin and GFC too?
    Kiss and have a nice day

    Vendy
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  5. Great post!!

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    xoxo

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  6. love organic foods are so wealthy!
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  7. Hello Dear! I like your blog so much! This is my first visit here but definitely not the last :) Would you like to follow each other? :)


    XOXO,
    Monika

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  8. I love organic food, but you don't always know if pesticides or chemicals are used if you buy fresh vegetables or fruit.So I think we have to plant our own vegetables and fruits if that's possible; this way you'll know if you are eating healthy food.

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  9. Great post!!

    xoxo
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  10. This is really nice!

    X Jenny
    Rocknrollerr.com

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  11. great post <3
    i like your blog :)

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  12. Love it!

    xoxo
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  13. Very informative ;)


    XX,
    Miranda

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  14. Nice post dear. WHat about following each other?
    kisses,
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  15. I always buy organic! more people should do so as well.. we have no idea how much junk and toxins we take in with processed food nowadays.. it's scary.. cool post!

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