Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Organic On A Budget

My husband and I just went over our October spending.  Even eating organic foods, we spent $100 less than we spent in September when we were not eating organic.  That said, we still spent quite a bit of money on food.  Anyway, it made me ask the question, if I couldn't buy all organic food, which foods are the most necessary to buy organic?  This is the list I came up with after reading different articles.  Feel free to read them in their entirety on the links below.  This list is from the stand point of contamination of the food from pesticides, not nutritional value.  Here is the list of foods that have the highest levels of pesticide residue: celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries, nectarines, bell peppers, spinach, kale, cherries, potatoes, grapes, coffee, bananas, green beans, milk, rice and baby food.   http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/eat-safe/Dirty-Dozen-Foods; http://planetgreen.discovery.com/food-health/eat-organic-foods.html

Here is a list of the cleanest items to buy non organic (i.e., the least amount of pesticide residue): onion, avocado, sweet corn, pineapple, mango, asparagus, sweet peas, kiwi, cabbage, eggplant, papaya, watermelon, broccoli, tomato, and sweet potato.

This list includes corn which I will only buy organic because of the fact that so much corn is genetically modified (GMO).


  1. This is great info Natalie. I have often had this question and appreciate you sharing what you have learned. Keep up the good work. Love ya! Angela

  2. Thanks Angela! I love doing the research and am so glad you find it helpful! It's been fun trying all of these new recipes and foods.