Monday, June 15, 2009

Organic on a Budget

I came across this list on Sparkpeople.com that is a guide to what you should and don't necessarily need to buy organically. We first switched our kids to organic dairy, then farm raised meat. We eliminated nitrates in hot dogs and bacon. We also buy organic, local produce whenever possible.

Here is the list:

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):
  1. Peaches
  2. Apples
  3. Bell peppers
  4. Celery
  5. Nectarines
  6. Strawberries
  7. Cherries
  8. Kale
  9. Lettuce
  10. Imported grapes
  11. Carrots
  12. 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):
  1. Onions
  2. Avocados
  3. Sweet corn
  4. Pineapple
  5. Mangoes
  6. Asparagus
  7. Sweet peas
  8. Kiwis
  9. Cabbage
  10. Eggplant
  11. Papaya
  12. Watermelon
  13. Broccoli
  14. Tomatoes
  15. Sweet potatoes
I am going to put this list with my coupons so I can remember where I can save some money. One of these days, I'll write about my triumphs with coupons.

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