Spend or Skip: What's Worth Going Organic


For some, it’s not realistic to buy all organic everything. Unfortunately, clean foods are pricey, and it might come down to picking and choosing what’s worth forking over the extra dollars for. But how does one decide what’s worth buying organic and what’s worth passing on? Foodies everywhere have come up with a list of the best and worst foods in terms of pesticide and chemical exposure. This list, The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen, will take shoppers through what is naturally a clean eat and what is worth spending the extra money on for the organic quality


“The Dirty Dozen"

These foods typically have skin that is meant to be eaten, or is permeable, which allows the chemicals and pesticides to pass into the food itself. These should be bought organic if possible.

   1. Apples

   2. Strawberries

   3. Grapes

   4. Celery

   5. Peaches

   6. Spinach

   7. Sweet Bell Peppers

   8. Nectarines

   9. Cucumbers

   10. Potatoes

   11. Tomatoes

   12. Hot Peppers


“The Clean Fifteen”

These foods are less prone to absorbing crop chemicals due to their tougher outer layers, and are okay to not buy organic.

   1. Corn

   2. Onions

   3. Pineapples

   4. Avocados

   5. Cabbage

   6. Sweet Peas

   7. Papayas

   8. Mangos

   9. Asparagus

   10. Eggplant

   11. Kiwi

   12. Grapefruit

   13. Cantaloupe

   14. Sweet Potatoes

   15. Mushrooms

All organics are not created equally, and armed with these lists, you can save some money on your next supermarket trip, while still being conscious of what you’re putting into your body.