Dealing with the Expense of an Organic Diet

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Dealing with the Expense of an Organic Diet

We have already established the fact that more fruits and vegetables are needed in the diet, but sprayed fruits and vegetables are laden with chemicals and chemicals are bad for your health.  Purchasing organic produce is the best way around this dilemma. Organic dining, however, can quickly become heavy on the wallet.

Pick and Choose Your Fruits and Vegetables for Organic Munching

One way to deal with the expense of an organic diet is to pick and choose which organic produce to serve at your table. Replacing only the most pesticide-heavy produce with organic counterparts is a viable option for those on tight budgets. This way, you can still eat healthier without going totally broke.

Which Fruits and Vegetables Have the Most Pesticides?

The Environmental Working Group has made it easy to determine which fruits and vegetables are chemically contaminated. This group works hard to protect the population from health problems occurring from toxic contaminants. According to EWG’s 2012 Shopper’s Guide, 98% of conventional apples contain pesticides. The FDA, also, acknowledges that apples have more pesticides than any other fruit or vegetables. Apples are a popular fruit and are consumed daily by many children. For this reason, apples are one of the top fruits that should be purchased from the organic market. Following are other fruits and vegetables that are high in pesticides and should be a part of your organic produce list:

  • Celery
  • Bell peppers
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Imported Nectarines
  • Grapes
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumbers
  • Domestic blueberries
  • Potatoes
  • Green beans
  • Greens (Kale and Collard Greens)

Which Fruits and Vegetables are Safe to Purchase Conventionally?

According to EWG’s 2012 Shopper’s Guide, the following produce has a lesser pesticide content and can be purchased conventionally:

  • Onions
  • Sweet corn
  • Avocadoes
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet peas
  • Asparagus
  • Mangoes
  • Eggplant
  • Kiwi
  • Domestic cantaloupe
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Grapefruit
  • Watermelon
  • Mushrooms

Shop at Farmer’s Markets or Food Coops for Quality Produce

Shopping at local farmer’s markets or food coops may be a good way to purchase high-quality produce grown to organic standards but not certified as such. Many of these farmers are concerned about growing pesticide-free produce but cannot afford the certification process. Don’t hesitate to ask them any questions you may have concerning how where their produce originated and how it was grown.

Remember, also, to rinse all fruits and vegetables thoroughly with warm saltwater or a commercial fruit and vegetable wash before consuming. Conventional produce can also be peeled to lessen toxin consumption.

Do you have any tips for dealing with the expense of an organic diet? Feel free to share below.


Environmental Working Group 2012 Shopper’s Guide

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Loraine R. Dégraff

Loraine is a passionate health and wellness writer and is particularly interested in working with the body through diet and nutrition. She currently lives in Queens, NY with her husband and 5 children and would love to talk "health" with you. View all posts with Health Tips.