Organic produce doesn’t contain pesticides thus lowering the risk of health issues caused by them. During recent years, organic foods have become mainstream and are available today at most grocery stores.
Nutritionists suggest that for obvious reasons and to lower the health risk posed by the consumption of pesticides, everyone should consume organic foods. However, not everyone can afford to indulge in organics because they are often pricier than their conventional counterparts.
What if you’re on a budget?
According to the Environmental Working Group here are some of the most important foods to buy organic:
- Apples – A rich source of fiber and its peel has nutrients that help prevent cancer and heart diseases. Typically they are sprayed with 47 different kinds of harmful pesticides. Purchase organic in the fall for the best prices.
- Celery – Contains vitamins A, C and K along with folate, potassium and manganese.
- Peaches and Nectarines – These juicy fruits are rich in vitamins A and C, potassium, and niacin. To maximize it’s nutritious benefits you should eat the peel too.
- Strawberries and Cherries – Juicy and sweet these are rich in vitamin C. Try growing strawberries in containers in your backyard or purchase organic frozen in the winter.
- Grapes – A rich source of vitamin C and vitamin K. Conventional grapes have higher pesticide residue than most produce. We have a grapevine and it’s been great having fresh grapes however, be prepared to make jam or share because even one vine can produce a alot.
To avoid pesticides and stay within your budget become a smart shopper. The EWG’s 2015 shopper’s guide is a great resource to help you learn which produce to buy organic and which ones are okay to purchase conventional. Download their App so you have the information handy when you shop.