Is It Necessary to Buy Organic?

It’s no secret that buying organic is the healthiest way to go. Yet, people still choose NOT to do it.

And the reasons are really obvious AND understandable…

#1- Price

#2- Lack of Availability.

I’m the first one to admit that I am guilty of not buying organic for these same reasons. It’s darn expensive!!! And you can’t always find what you are looking for in the organic section. But one of my goals when I changed my diet was to buy more organic foods. And I try, I do. But every once in a while I see that organic avocado with the $5 price tag and I can’t help but put it down and head for the $1.50 guys.

It’s tough. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try! Even a little will go a long way for your health and the planet.

Just remember the Dirty Dozen (or so they are called- shown below). Go ahead and at least make these fruits and vegetables your priority. These all contain the greatest amount of pesticide residue. Just saying that grosses me out- ick! You don’t want pesticide residue floating around in your body, do you?

Plus! Organic food is more nutritious anyways. It’s grown in better quality soil, which of course results in produce that has a higher nutrient content. In 2002 Rutgers University conducted a study that led to the conclusion that organic produce contains 87% more trace elements and minerals than commercial grown. 87%. That is HUGE. Just imagine the difference that would have on your body- no toxic pesticide residue polluting it’s systems, but instead an 87% bump in nutrient content! Wowza.


Now back to the reality of the situation. If you can’t afford to buy ALL organic, try to buy at least these 12 organically (not listed in any particular order).

  1. Apples
  2. Grapes
  3. Lettuce
  4. Berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries)
  5. Potatoes
  6. Celery
  7. Tomatoes
  8. Bell Peppers
  9. Peaches/Nectarines
  10. Cherries
  11. Leafy Greens (spinach, kale, collards)
  12. Pears

Your biggest culprits for pesticide residue will be those fruits and vegetables with their skins exposed. For example, I usually don’t buy organic bananas. But, I always try to buy organic cucumbers even though they are not on this particular list. And corn. My philosophy is never buy anything corn that isn’t organic.


Do what you can. What works for you, your budget, and your lifestyle. Your body will thank you.


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  • Meredith February 21, 2014, 6:20 pm

    I think it is great that you are highlighting some of the harmful effects of conventional produce, but I would like to push back on the idea that the only thing harmful about conventional produce is the toxic residues ON the fruits and vegetables. Let’s not forget what happens to all the pesticides that aren’t in the vegetables- they are running into our waterways and contaminating ecosystems. Even worse, many pesticides “bioaccumulate” meaning they don’t break down in our bodies over time but get stored in fat. They end up working their way up the food chain resulting in serious health concerns for top predators. We spend the extra money on cell phone plans and all kinds of unnecessary items- maybe its time to stop thinking of organic as a luxury but as a responsibility for those of us who can afford it.

  • lmachell February 23, 2014, 8:43 pm

    Right you are Meredith! I couldn’t agree with you more.

  • Tatiana Manaka August 25, 2014, 2:17 am