When to Buy Organic Produce

August 12, 2015 Updated: August 12, 2015

People always say, “I can’t buy organic – it’s too expensive!” However, there is a good reason for shelling out the extra cash for organic food: it’s without chemicals, fertilizers and added hormones, and thus is a much better fit for our bodies.

If you want to purchase organic but your wallet says otherwise, consider starting with organic fruits and vegetables.

The Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” are the 12 worst offenders for pesticides, and it’s worth the investment to find an organic alternative. Conversely, the “Clean Fifteen” are the least likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues, so you can save your cash and skip the splurge. Check out the list below, and go organic when it counts!

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Nectarines (imported) are among the worst offenders for pesticides (xalanx/iStock)

Dirty Dozen:

Apples

Celery

Cherry Tomatoes

Cucumbers

Grapes

Hot Peppers

Nectarines (imported)

Peaches

Potatoes

Spinach

Strawberries

Sweet Bell Peppers

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Organic Asparagus are among also the least likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues (ClarkandCompany/iStock)

Clean Fifteen:

Asparagus

Avocados

Cabbage

Cantaloupe

Sweet Corn

Eggplant

Grapefruit

Kiwi

Mangos

Mushrooms

Onions

Papayas

Pineapples

Sweet Peas (frozen)

Sweet Potatoes

For more information from the Environmental Working Group, click here: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/

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