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When To Buy Organic

I know it’s hard to buy organic food all the time, especially when you are low in cash, but I feel strongly that if you can, you should try to buy fresh, local, organic food from farmer’s markets. Most of the food that is conventionally grown is covered with pesticides and chemicals, not something I personally want to put in my body. Also, once the food is shipped from Mexico (or wherever) and finally in your grocery store, it has lost a lot of its nutritional value.

If you are interested in eating organic, the Environmental Working Group has come up with a list that they call the dirty dozen, and the clean 15. This is a really good guide to figure out what to buy organic, and what you can get away with if you can’t go fully organic. Notice the safe foods have thicker skins or skins that you peel off.

The dirty dozen:
1. Peach
2. Apple
3. Bell Pepper
4. Celery
5. Nectarine
6. Strawberries
7. Cherries
8. Kale
9. Lettuce
10. Grapes (imported)
11. Carrot
12. Pear

The Clean 15:
1. Onion
2. Avocado
3. Sweet corn
4. Pineapple
5. Mango
6. Asparagus
7. Sweet Peas
8. Kiwi
9. Cabbage
10. Eggplant
11. Papaya
12. Watermelon
13. Broccoli
14. Tomato
15. Sweet Potato

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