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Stretching your Food Dollar Organic vs non-organic

Stretching your Food Dollar 

 Organic vs non-organic

Dr. Michael Kane

In these tough economic times stretching your dollar is almost a necessity. When it comes to making choices about food quality some simple information can assist you in this goal.

There are certain fruits and vegetables that arrive to your supermarket with a high pesticide residue. These chemicals are potential hazards to your health and should be reduced as much as possible. A number of studies have tested residue of toxic pesticides in the urine of children who ate non-organic produce.  These levels decreased dramatically when the diet was switched to organic forms of produce.

The suggestion would be to buy the organic forms of highly pesticided fruits and veggetables and to buy the non-organic forms of the produce with the lowest amounts of residue.

The Environmental Working Group compiles a list of the top contaminated foods they have called "The Dirty Dozen".

The Dirty Dozen:
The twelve most contaminated fruits and vegetables include:

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Grapes (Imported)
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes


The Cleanest dozen includes:

  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Corn (Frozen)
  • Pineapples
  • Mango
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Peas (Frozen)
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Bananas
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Papaya


So just using this list you can make some dollar savings.  Buy organic forms of the highly contaminated group and non-organic forms of the foods low in pesticide residue.

We also have a recipe for a food wash that will assist in cleaning your purchased produce.  Cllick to see a copy of this food wash.