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10 Organic Foods That Aren't Worth the Splurge (and 5 Foods That Are)

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Kristina ByasGuest Blogger
September 08, 2016 · 2.6k Views

Going to the grocery store can be a fun experience, but it can also be very stressful. Not only can it be overwhelming to have to pay the high prices for certain items, when are only searching for specific items, such as organic produce, the stress can increase.

Most people head to the store with a list full of a variety of items, but when it comes to produce, one thing all of these items will have in common is that they're organic. Not every store will have organic items available to customers, so people have to decide to make due with what they're being offered or go to a different store. While this may seem like a deal breaker, depending on what you need, you really don't have to stick to buying organic meats, fruits and veggies from your local grocer.

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Pass on these!

1. Avocados

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There are many people who believe avocados are better for you when they are organic. Thanks to its skin, there is a small chance of pesticides contaminating the inner part that you actually consume, which means you don't need to spend the extra cash for organic avocados.

2. Carrots

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Carrots can be eaten a variety of ways. Some people choose to peel them and some people don't find a need for it. If you want to avoid buying organic, just peel your carrots to get rid of any pesticides that may be present on the surface.

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3. Cauliflower

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Cauliflower is another item people tend to buy organic when they don't have to. Because it typically has little not pesticide residue, people should feel safe to purchase non-organic cauliflower.

4. Grapefruit

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Anyone who has ever had grapefruit has experienced how difficult it can be to get through its thick, tough skin. It may be annoying to have to peel, but because its outer layer is so thick, pesticides don't even get the chance to ruin the inside. This means whether you purchase organic grapefruit or not, you'll be safe.

5. Kiwis

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Kiwi lovers don't have to be concerned with buying only organic kiwis. It is not a usual thing for pesticides to be used on this fruit, so buying organic is a waste.

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6. Onions

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There are a wide variety of onions available at the grocery. If you have been buying organic, you can stop because onions have very little pesticide residue. You can whip up whatever dish you want with conventionally-grown onions and not have to worry about being negatively affected by pesticides.

7. Pineapples

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Similar to the many other fruits and veggies with thick skins, pineapples have a thick skin that keeps pesticides away from the edible fruit.

8. Watermelon

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Organic watermelons aren't cheap, but luckily you actually don't have to pay the price. You can buy a conventionally-grown watermelon and enjoy its delicious flavor and not have to worry about pesticides thanks to its thick rind.

9. Sweet Peas

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Sweet peas can be used a number of different recipes. It may be tempting to purchase organic sweet peas, but there is no need to spend the cash.

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10. Mangoes

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Mangoes are the perfect fruit to enjoy during warm weather. They're not available in all stores year round, but when you can get your hands on one, don't be too concerned about whether or not it is organic.


Splurge on these!

1. Strawberries

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Strawberries are one of the many fruits that are contaminated by pesticides. To be on the safe, these should be purchased organic.

2. Celery

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Celery isn't something people buy often, but when you do, try to steer clear of conventionally-grown celery.

3. Grapes

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Grapes do have a thin skin to protect them, but people often eat this skin that is covered in pesticides. Organic is the way to go when it comes to grapes no matter what kind they are.

4. Beef

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For quite some time, it has been suggested that the hormones in beef can lead to a number of medical conditions, including cancer. Buying organic beef ensure you aren't consuming these hormones, but also antibiotics that cows are given.

5. Popcorn

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Microwave popcorn bags often contain toxic chemicals. To avoid ingesting these chemicals, people should purchase organic popcorn and stick to making it on the stove or in an air popper.


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Kristina Byas is a Milwaukee native who has written for Female Intel, Shepherd Express, Scandalous Women and more. She suffers from a severe case of wanderlust and has difficulty purchasing items at full price. You can learn more about her by following her on Twitter: @KristinaByas