Organic On a Budget

Sparkspeople sent me the following newsletter I thought was relevant to anyone buying organic:

Due to increased consumer demand, prices are falling and selection is growing, but you still may not be able to afford to buy all organic all the time. You can be a smart buyer and make choices about which organic selections are most important to buy. Some foods harbor higher concentrations of pesticides than others (try to buy these organic), while others contain lower concentrations (buy these conventionally to save money).

The Dirty Dozen: Top 12 Foods to Buy Organic
If you have budget constraints, your money is doing more for your health when you put it towards organic varieties of the following fruits and vegetables (listed in descending order, starting with greatest levels pesticide contamination):

Peaches, Apples, Bell peppers, Celery, Nectarines, Strawberries, Cherries
Kale, Lettuce, Imported, grapes, Carrots, Pears,

The Clean 15: Save Your Money & Buy Conventional

If going totally organic is too difficult or pricey, play it safe and eat the following conventional produce items to minimize your exposure. These are known to have the least amount of pesticide residue (listed in ascending order, starting with of lowest levels of pesticide contamination):

Onions, Avocados, Sweet corn, Pineapple, Mangoes, Asparagus, Sweet peas, Kiwis, Cabbage, Eggplant, Papaya, Watermelon, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Sweet potatoes

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