If you're like me, shopping for organic produce can give you sticker shock and often times leave you to wonder if it's really worth the extra cost. My conscious tells me yes as the initial upfront cost is far less than the medical bills you will potentially occur later in life from eating GMO and pesticide ridden foods.
But I started asking myself, "do I really need to buy everything organic?" After doing some research, the answer is an astounding "NO".
Now there are fruits and veggies that you absolutely must buy organic, so be sure to check out Safe Eating Part 1: 12 Fruits And Veggies You Must Buy Organic.
But for this one, I am going to expose 14 Fruits And Veggies 100% Safe To Buy Conventional. Not only are they safe, but they can save you quite a bit on your next trip to the grocery store.
Environmental Working Group reports one of the vegetables that is least likely to contain pesticide residue is asparagus.
Avocado's thick outer skin prevents pesticides from penetrating into and being absorbed by the edible fruit.
As a member of the leafy greens family, cabbage is the safest to consume due to its minimal required pesticide use.
Cantaloupe has one of the toughest outer skins which acts as a shield to protect this delicious fruit from pesticides.
With very low or no discernible pesticide residue, conventionally-grown cauliflower is safe to buy.
Most of the pesticides used to grow commercial eggplant do not remain on the skin which makes it a safe conventional product.
The thick peel of grapefruit protects it from the pesticides. Kind of odd, both organic and conventional grapefruit were priced the same.
Pesticides are rarely used on this particular fruit, so you don't need to buy them organic.
A cousin of olives and coconuts, the mango has a thick peel preventing pesticides from touching the edible fruit inside.
Mushrooms have very little pesticide residue. After all, it is a fungus.
According to the Environmental Working Group, onions are significantly lower in pesticide residue than other commercial produce.
The Environmental Working Group ranks papaya as one of the foods lowest in pesticide residue.
The thick skin of pineapples protects the edible fruit inside from pesticides, so it's perfectly fine to purchase the non-organic variety.
Due to watermelon's thick rind, pesticides can't get to the inner flesh, so it's safe to buy the non-organic versions.
As you can see, knowing which non-organic vegetables and fruits are safe to consume can save you some serious cash during your trip to the grocery store. If I went to the store today and bought 1 of each item (or 1 pound of each item), I would have saved $25.16! That's an entire tank of gas!
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