When choosing fruits and vegetables to buy at the grocery store, you usually always want to consider organic. That means less chemicals and pesticides were used on those specific fruits and vegetables. However, some of those fruits and vegetables have a hard shell or skin that does not get interfered by the pesticides, and therefore, you can choose non-organic. To give you a better understanding of which foods to buy organic and which foods to buy non-organic (as a result saving you money and not affecting the quality of the food source at the end of the day), follow below.

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Dirty dozen

The gentler fruits and vegetables would be better off bought organic. These are the kinds of foods that spoil faster so there are more pesticides on the non-organic versions of them. They are: strawberries, apples, celery, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, grapes, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, sweet bell peppers, spinach, and snap peas. So the next time you are in the mood for that juicy apple, consider choosing organic for an abundance of vitamins and minerals in said apple.

Clean fifteen

These fruits and vegetables are tougher and so hard core in that they have thicker outer skin than the dirty dozen list so the pesticides would not reach the root of the fruit/vegetable. That way, you can buy non-organic, save money, and not minimize the nutritional qualities of the food. They are: asparagus, onion, avocado, cabbage, grapefruit, kiwi, papaya, mango, sweet pea, sweet corn, sweet potato, pineapple, cantaloupe, cauliflower, and eggplant. There you have it! The next time you go grocery shopping, take this list with you and it will make choosing the best quality fruits and vegetables that much easier.



Written by: Levita Galinsky


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