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What are the best Organic food choices?

Updated on December 6, 2013

Don't be mislead

In today's world of factory farms and crop dusters, one can be overwhelmed by the idea of consuming poisons through our everyday eating habits. Whether it is at a restaurant or on your kitchen table, the food you eat can come from a very wide variety of sources and grown or raised by just as wide a variety of methods. If you try to micro manage every morsel on your plate you could drive yourself crazy. Another issue is the price of quality organic foods. Specialty stores can charge twice as much or more for organic products. this is due in part to the intensive labor and inevitable crop loss that comes with growing organic foods. Shop around and you may find some markets are charging a fair price based on these and other factors, while others might just be exploiting the trend of buying organic.The key to eating healthy without stressing yourself out or breaking the bank is finding a good balance. first, research the markets in your area. Then If you make sure to buy organic when considering the foods with a bad reputation for containing pesticides and go conventional when choosing others you just might be able to achieve a happy medium.

The worst offenders

While it is good to avoid pesticides all together, there are some fruits and vegetables that contain higher levels or absorb more of the pesticides. The worst include but may not be limited to the following:

Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits tend to have very high levels of residual pesticides left on the rind even after rinsing.


This staple food that is ubiquitous in most American kitchens is very vulnerable to pests, and is another crop that is extensively sprayed with Endosulfan II, Azoxystrobin and many other toxic pesticides


Strawberries have a very porous surface and easily absorb the Methyl Bromide that is unfortunately used all too commonly on this popular crop. This is probably the fruit that is most important to buy organically.


While bananas have a relatively thick skin, it is also porous. This is why it is important to choose organic whenever possible.

Even foods you mat not think of, such as olives can contain residual pesticides if not bought organically
Even foods you mat not think of, such as olives can contain residual pesticides if not bought organically | Source

Quick list: Safe to eat non organically

Below is a partial list of common fruits and vegetables that can be eaten safely regardless of being conventional or organic.. Some of these, like cabbage and asparagus just don't attract pests as much as some other foods, and therefore don't require much or any pesticides to produce. Others, like squash or pineapple have a thick skin that is relatively non porous and does not absorb most of the pesticides used, or is discarded before being eaten. Remember to always wash all of your produce before consuming or preparing, regardless of whether or not it is organic.

The Quick List

cabbage, winter or fall squashes,avocado, onion, shallots, pineapple,mango, asparagus, eggplant, potatoes, walnuts, almonds pistachios,sweet potatoes, kiwis(skinned)

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      John Coviello 4 years ago from New Jersey

      I agree, eating organic food makes a lot of sense. We breath and drink enough poisons. We don't need to also eat them.

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      pamij 4 years ago

      Quite informative