Where to Spend your Organic Dollars.

So, you can see the benefits of organic food and want to incorporate more into your diet.  Problem is, things are tight right now, and you know organic is more expensive. (Why? Check out Monday’s post)  Still, I admire your initiative.  Let me help you get started.  I’ll show you where to get the most organic bang for your buck.

In this post you’ll find three lists: 

  1.  Definitely buy organic.
  2.  Try to buy organic.
  3. You don’t HAVE to buy organic. 

It would be a little lengthy to list ALL fruits, vegetables, and other myriad products for organic consideration. And you (and I) don’t have the time for all that this morning.  Therefore, I will provide links so you can further your knowledge.  Call it outsourcing.

I do, however, want to briefly discuss principles behind buying organic so you can feel comfortable making a judgment call on most foods.

For Produce:  Fruits and vegetables that absorb chemicals the easiest are particularly dangerous.  When in doubt, produce that has thin skin should be bought organic. A thin-skinned example is grapes. 

On the flip side, things with thicker skin, like avocados, can generally be bought with less regard to organic status.  Also, some thin-skinned produce have less problems with pests, so they get less exposure to pesticides.  You’ll find these exceptions in the “try to buy” list. 

For animal products:  Because anything an animal eats, you eat, it’s a good idea to buy organic whenever possible.  Lest you ingest hormones and antibiotics.  If no officially labeled organic animal products can be found look for things like: cage free, no hormones, no antibiotics, and grass-fed.

Again, these lists are not intended to be total. Anything you don’t see on  here consider in the “Try to buy” list.    

Definitely buy (or every time you can)                                                        

  • Animal products (meat, eggs, milk, yogurt, cheese)
  • Baby food
  • Grapes
  • Cherries
  • Spinach
  • Kale & Collard Greens   
  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Nectarines
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell Peppers                   

 Try to Buy (you can cut corners here to save money)

  • Asparagus
  • Onions
  • Watermelon
  • Avocado
  • Kiwi
  • Sweet Peas
  • Sweet corn
  • Cabbage
  • Pineapple
  • Eggplant
  • Sweet Potato
  • Grapefruit
  • Bread/Grains

You don’t HAVE to (great if you can!)

  • Wine
  • Coffee
  • Peanut Butter
  • Crayons
  • Dog Food
  • Toothpaste
  • Fabrics/Linens
  • Household Cleaners
  • Skin/Body care  

There you have it.  A not-entirely-official guide to get you started on your organic journey.  There’s plenty more to discuss regarding organic food and farming.  I’ll be back with more info and tips.  Consider me your organic sherpa.

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