What Should You Purchase Organic?

Have you ever walked into the grocery store wondering what you should buy organic and what’s okay to skip out on? Buying organic can get expensive so I find it helpful to only buy organic when it’s most necessary.

Have you been there? If you have, I’m here to help!

Something I’d like to mention is that when I’m shopping for food I always bring a list with me. This helps me not only remember everything I need but also helps me save a lot of time and money. Beside my produce items, I write an ‘O’ so I remember to buy it organic, or a ‘G’ so I know I can buy it generic. 

How do I know what to buy organic? 

I use a list called the “Dirty Dozen.” The Dirty Dozen is a list of 12 fruits and vegetables that contain the highest amount of pesticides. This is why they should be purchased organic.  

Below I have listed the “Dirty Dozen” in the order of their pesticide content. 1 containing the most pesticides and 12 having the least. 

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

The EWG (Environmental Working Group) puts out an updated list every year with the top 12 fruits and vegetables that are swimming in pesticides, and this was 2018’s. 

To stay up to date you can go to the EWG’s website

I hope this helps you prioritize buying these particular produce items organic, while also being able to feel good about buying other produce generic if you please. 

Thanks for stopping by!


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