foods you should buy organic

12 Foods You Should Buy Organic

When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle eating real, whole foods is of top priority. A healthy diet includes an abundance of fresh vegetables, lean meats, fruits, and heart healthy fats. When it comes to choosing your foods at the grocery store it is important to remember that quality does matter. After all, the foods we choose to eat are what restore and energize our bodies. We are what we eat. A question that I keep getting is…

What about Organic Foods?

There are many arguments as to why you should buy organic foods. The reasons range from the toxic burden on our bodies to saving the environment. These issues are important, but are also beyond the scope of this article. You can go here if you are want to read more on that.

A little bit of research will tell you that organic food is obviously healthier, but I know that not everyone can afford to shop at Whole Foods or has access to a farmers market where they can buy organic foods for cheap. Fortunately I found this fantastic Grocery Store Guide that conveniently summarizes food choices based on pesticide content. I have listed the foods to buy organic below.

Foods to Buy Organic

These are the foods sprayed heaviest with pesticides, so spend the extra money to buy these organic. They are commonly referred to as the “dirty dozen.”

  1. Celery
  2. Peaches
  3. Strawberries
  4. Apples
  5. Blueberries
  6. Nectarines
  7. Bell Peppers
  8. Spinach
  9. Cherries
  10. Kale and Collard Greens
  11. Potatoes
  12. Grapes

Foods that are OK to buy conventional

These foods are contain lower levels of pesticides, and are OK to buy conventional if you are watching your budget. These foods are commonly referred to as the “clean 15.”

  1. Onions
  2. Avocado
  3. Sweet Corn
  4. Pineapple
  5. Mangos
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Kiwi
  9. Cabbage
  10. Eggplant
  11. Cantaloupe
  12. Watermelon
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Sweet Potato
  15. Honeydew Melon

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