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Tips for Eating Organic on a Budget

You may have noticed that food costs are soaring through the roof! In this economy, eating organic can be a challenge. However, you can pick and choose which foods you consume organic. Even if you are not organic all the time, you can still make a difference in your overall exposure to harmful pesticides and chemicals and reduce the total toxic burden on your body.

Two rules of thumb:

  • Veggies and fruits with a thick outer skin or rind are usually the safest and do not have to be organic. 

  • Porous veggies or fruits, those without any protective outer-layering, are usually the most vulnerable to pesticides and typically absorb these chemicals into their flesh.

Top foods that DO NOT need to be organic:

  • Banana: Protective peel guards it against chemicals.
  • Avocado: Thick skin protects it from pesticide build-up.
  • Onion: Has protective outer layering and not many pest threats and are sprayed less.
  • Asparagus: Have fewer pests and are sprayed less.
  • Watermelon: Thick rind protects fruit from pesticides.
  • Sweet Peas: Seem to retain very little pesticide residue.
  • Broccoli: Has less pests and less spraying.
  • Pineapple: Has very tough skin that protects fruit from pesticides.
  • Kiwi: The peel acts as a protective barrier from chemicals.
  • Mango: Thick skin acts as protection.
  • Sweet Potato: Surveys show they are unlikely to be contaminated.
  • Cabbage: Do not undergo a lot of spraying.
  • Sweet Potato: Unlikely to be contaminated.
  • Eggplant: Thick skin acts as barrier. Suggest washing skin and peeling before eating.
  • Papaya: Surveys show that pesticides do stay on skin. Suggest washing thoroughly and peeling skin.

What you SHOULD buy Organic:

Berries: All berries, including strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc. are highly sprayed and vulnerable.  

Apples: Organic apples are better because of they do not have the wax coating that you see in regular apples. The wax coating is virtually indigestible, your stomach simply cannot break it down, and you will not be able to benefit from the phyto-nutrients.

Grapes: Heavily sprayed with chemicals. Even though they do have a thin skin, you will still wind up consuming mass amounts of chemicals if not eaten organic.

Coffee Beans: Among the most heavily sprayed foods in the world. If you must be a coffee drinker, drink only free-trade organic coffee. This can make a world of a difference on your system!

Meats: Use only free-range organic to avoid antibiotics and hormones.

Other fruits and veggies that are among the most heavily sprayed include:

  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Bell Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Collard Greens
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