Whole Foods got its nickname “whole check” for a reason. Highly priced organic food cost is to blame. It is always worth it to pay extra for organic produce? Your best strategy is to pay up for organic when it comes to the “Dirty Dozen.” It means the list of fruits and veggies with the highest pesticide residue according to the analysis of Department of Agriculture tests by the Environmental Working Group. They found that eating the 12 most contaminated fruits and veggies (a.k.a., “dirty dozen”) will expose a person to about 15 pesticides a day, on average. On the contrary, eating the 12 least contaminated fruits and vegetables will expose you only to fewer than two pesticides a day.
There are also advantages to choosing organic milk, eggs, and meats, mostly because they have more Omega-3 fatty acids. Cattle living outside in the sun and eating clean grass yields produce with vastly more nutrients.
Here is your “Dirty Dozen”: Buy Organic
- Bell peppers
- Imported grapes
These are “Clean Ones”: Don’t Pay Up
Knowing these two lists makes it easier to make healthier eating choices, good for your mind and body, while having a piece of mind knowing that you don’t have to overspend.