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Budget: What produce are worth buying organic?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 27, 2012 at 7:04 PM

I only go for organic (preferably farmer's market) when it comes to animal produce. Eggs (farmer's market egg yolks are bright orange and big while even Whole Foods organic cage free is pale yellow, and they are same price), meat (grass fed), dairy.

But I am trying to cut down my costs, so I was looking at the vegetables. I usually buy my veggies from the farmer's market, but have been looking towards Kroger and other markets to buy cheaper, non-organic produce. What should I avoid? I heard that conventional mushrooms, berries, and potatoes should be avoided due to the high pesticide amount. Thus, only organic berries should be used (not that I eat berries that much anyway).

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on April 26, 2012
at 03:25 PM

Thank you, this list was very helpful

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

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on April 09, 2012
at 01:34 PM

Do you eat imported fruits/veggies? Since you're in Venice, I'm not sure how the "conventional" local produce is grown compared to where I live.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

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on March 30, 2012
at 07:31 AM

I'm now wondering if the clean/dirty dozen varies by the country. The OP is not from the United States so I'm not sure if providing a US-based recommendation (on how we handle crops here is helpful).

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on March 27, 2012
at 09:27 PM

It's a great list but keep in mind that they only tested for pesticides. Organic produce may also be grown in more nutrient dense soil and is typically fresher since preservation options are limited. Sometimes it tastes better too (avocados and bananas for ex). On the flip side, it's often bad when you buy it.

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on March 27, 2012
at 08:39 PM

Yup, exactly what I do.

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on March 27, 2012
at 07:28 PM

Thanks guys, here's more: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37986527/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition/t/it-worth-it-buy-organic/ I often buy organic frozen broccoli, glad to know I don't have to anymore

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on March 27, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Below is a list of the "Dirty Dozen" and the "Clean 15". http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on March 27, 2012
at 09:27 PM

It's a great list but keep in mind that they only tested for pesticides. Organic produce may also be grown in more nutrient dense soil and is typically fresher since preservation options are limited. Sometimes it tastes better too (avocados and bananas for ex). On the flip side, it's often bad when you buy it.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on March 27, 2012
at 08:39 PM

Yup, exactly what I do.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on March 30, 2012
at 07:31 AM

I'm now wondering if the clean/dirty dozen varies by the country. The OP is not from the United States so I'm not sure if providing a US-based recommendation (on how we handle crops here is helpful).

Da7e812dfbc1d5ada748c1baa67f47c4

(95)

on April 26, 2012
at 03:25 PM

Thank you, this list was very helpful

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on March 27, 2012
at 07:10 PM

Do a Google search on 'dirty dozen organic' and you'll find a number of articles that spell out specifically which conventionally grown fruits and veggies are best avoided.

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on March 27, 2012
at 09:35 PM

Anyone knows if buying organic bones is worth it? I mainly need them for the minerals and not fat so would buying market meat be ok? Can someone explain this some more?

Thanks!!

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on March 27, 2012
at 08:34 PM

If you go to the whole09 site thay have a great list of "dirty" fruits and veggies along with what you should be eatting seasonally, that has really helped me (:

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