Friday, December 17, 2010

When it is better to buy Organic: The Dirty Dozen.

While trying to save money on groceries, I also want make sure I am buying the healthiest food I can afford for my family.  I have been trying to make the switch to more Organic or All Natural foods, but find that it is more expensive.  I have found that you don't necessarily need to buy all organic and all natural foods.  There are certain foods that you get a better benefit from when buying organic.

Meat (non-organic)


Beef:  Beef is typically clean of chemicals, but the fat contains many chemicals.
Pork: Pork can be contaminated, but pork fat has many more chemicals than beef fat.
Chicken:  The thigh is the most contaminated portion of the chicken.


Milk (non-organic)

Twelve different pesticides have been found in milk.  Since kids drink lots of milk, this could be an issue.


Coffee


Many countries that grow coffee beans do not regulate the use of pesticides and chemicals.  Look for the USDA Organic Label to find coffee that does not contain chemicals.


Fruit & Vegetable Dirty Dozen  (healthiest to buy organic)

1. Celery
2. Peaches
3. Strawberries
4. Apples
5. Blueberries
6. Nectarines
7. Bell Peppers
8. Spinach
9. Kale
10. Cherries
11. Potatoes
12. Grapes

Runners up on the dirty dozen list


13. Leafy greens
14. Carrots
15. Pears
16. Tomatoes


Clean Vegetables  (no need to buy organic)
1. Onions
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. Tomatoes
15. Sweet Potatoes


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