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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Chew on This

Sometimes I feel like the majority of my week is spent in the grocery store.  I can never find exactly what I am looking for in just one store, so it leaves me driving around the county in search of the best prices and products.  Price has become even more of a concern now that I am a stay at home mom and we are down to one income.  Often I am faced with the decision of whether to buy organic or just skip it and save money.  In terms of products like organic crackers, or cereals, I usually skip it, but it is a little more confusing when I get to the produce department.  It is hard to pay $4.99 for a half pint of organic raspberries when the conventional ones are only $2.50, but if it makes a health difference maybe it is worth the cost.

This weekend I stumbled across the September issue of Whole Living magazine, and there I found a list of 12 fruits and veggies that according to the Environmental Working Group, have the highest levels of pesticides.  So, the next time you are in the produce section, try to buy organic for the following items.

Note:  (1= best-10 = worst on the contamination scale)

1. Potatoes
2. Blueberries (domestic)
3. Cucumbers
4. Lettuce
5. Spinach
6. Grapes
7. Nectaries (imported)
8. Strawberries
9. Peaches
10. Red Peppers
11. Celery
12. Apples