When Organic Foods Matter


I wish I could buy all my foods organic, but with the prices being close to 50% higher than non organic foods, it’s nearly impossible. I buy organic produce when I can( and almost always refuse to eat meat unless I know it’s free range and chemical/hormone free) and hope to have my children eat organic produce, meats and dairy products as much as possible. So- what should we spend our money on when it comes to buying organic, and when does it make a difference at all?

Buy these foods organic whenever possible:These foods are the most likely to have added amounts of pesticides,chemicals and hormones.–
  • Apples 
  • Celery 
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes 
  • Pears
  • Grapes
  • Bell Peppers 
  • Meat
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes 
  • Milk 
  • Baby Food
These foods are not as important to buy organic: These foods have skins or peals on them that protect them from chemicals–
  • Bananas
  • Avocados
  • Onions
  • Mangos
  • Pineapples
  • Seafood
If you can only spend your money on one organic item- make it produce as its the most likely to contain extra pesticides and chemicals. And if you can’t buy organic at all, don’t worry! You can still reduce the amount of pesticides on them greatly by scrubbing them under running water for 30 seconds and removing any peal or outer layering. 

For more information on organic foods check out: 

Stay tuned for my next health topic on organic baby gear- clothes, shampoo, diapers and more: Does it matter?

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

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