When it comes to shopping organically, there are commonly two kinds of people: those who do it and those who don’t. However, there is a middle ground, and one which is actually more economical, logical, and overall beneficial than adhering steadfastly to one option or the other.

 

The fact is that there are some foods which are not entirely necessary to purchase organically, and recognizing that could help cut back grocery expenses considerably over time without sacrificing health.

 

Conversely, there are some foods that it’s actually best to purchase organically on a regular basis, as they are particularly prone to retaining pesticide residue and bringing other harmful chemicals into your body.

 

Read on to see some of the foods in your kitchen that should always be organic and take the first step towards smarter grocery shopping.

 

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Potatoes

The skin of potatoes is particularly thin, which makes it easy for pesticides that may be used during the farming process to seep into the vegetables’ skin and contaminate potatoes below the surface. Furthermore, because potatoes are usually waxed before being shipped, it can be especially difficult to remove external pesticides through washing.

 

 

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Apples

The biggest problems when it comes to apples and pesticides are its top, bottom, and its stem. While the areas on the top and the bottom of the apple are prone to pesticide buildup, the apple stem poses another issue because it can absorb pesticides and transport them to the apple’s core.

 

 

 

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Peanut Butter

Peanuts have soft, porous shells, which means that it’s very easy for them to absorb pesticides and mold. Those pesticides and fungi are then taken right along with the peanuts when they’re made into peanut butter. Note that it’s especially important to refrigerate organic peanut butter to reduce the risk of fungus growth that can lead to high levels of carcinogenic chemical aflatoxin.

 

 

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Strawberries

Because the seeds on the outside of strawberries give it a bumpy texture, it can be very difficult to effectively wash off all of the pesticide residue that can be sitting on a strawberries surface. Moreover, a strawberry’s large surface area means that you’re likely to ingest more pesticide residue eating the fruit than you are with many other foods.

 

 

 

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Celery

The area at the bottom of a bunch of celery stalks can easily collect pesticides, and research has shown that celery is the most likely of all vegetables to contain multiple pesticides at the same time.

 

 

 

 

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Beef

Meat, in general, is best when purchased organically since animal feed is usually full of synthetic growth hormones, as well as antibiotics, which can lead to a rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. However, beef is especially important to purchase organically because there’s been research to suggest that some of the hormones given to cattle could be linked to cancer in humans.

 

 

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simplyrecipes.com

Popcorn

Popcorn is a crop-based food, meaning it suffers from pesticides, fungicides, and insecticides, just like other crops. Furthermore, microwavable popcorn bags are generally covered in a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid, which serves to keep popcorn from sticking to the sides of the bag but is also toxic and may even be carcinogenic. Finally, inorganic popcorn can be loaded with chemicals and artificial ingredients to give it a buttery flavor.

 

 

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Spinach

When exposed to pesticides during growth, spinach can absorb the chemicals through its stalks. This means that removing chemicals from spinach is not as easy as simply washing them off since they can largely be within the leaves and stems.

 

 

 

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Pasta Sauce

Inorganic tomatoes can be laden with pesticides, so naturally it would follow that foods made with tomatoes would be similarly packed with pesticides. This doesn’t just go for pasta sauce; it is also true for tomato paste, salsa, ketchup, etc.

 

 

 

What are some of the foods that you are adamant about purchasing organically? Share them with us below or tweet me @tamarahoumi