While buying organic might always seem like the better option, there are instances where you will be wasting your money. Organic food does have its benefits, but there is a still a lot you should know before purchasing this pricey label. When it comes to these foods, you’re better off buying conventional.
The skin on a kiwi has a fibrous texture that is very tough. As a result, pesticides can’t penetrate the skin and get to the fruit itself. This leaves no reason to purchase organic kiwis — just make sure to peel off the skin before you enjoy their sweet, juicy goodness.
Next: This tropical fruit has one thick skin.
Another fruit with a thick skin, mangoes keep the pesticides contained to the outside of the fruit. The skin of a mango is too tough to eat, so peeling the fruit ensures that all of the pesticides stay away from your body.
Next: This prickly fruit is known as “hala kahiki” in Hawaii.
This should go without saying: pineapple skin is also inedible. Thick and prickly, this fruit’s skin does a great job of warding off pesticides from its sweeter insides.
Next: This popular fruit is frequently used as a toast topping.
Besides being so popular these days, avocados are a great source of vitamins and monounsaturated fats. These fats, in moderation, can reduce cholesterol levels and have a positive impact on the heart. With their tough outer skin, they are another great option that can be bought conventionally.
Next: Eating the rind of this fruit is totally optional.
If it is not yet obvious, most thick-skinned fruits are safe from pesticides. Watermelon is no exception, unless you decide to eat the rind, since it does have some health benefits. If that’s the case, it may be worth buying organic.
Next: Contrary to popular belief, this food isn’t even considered a plant.
Besides the awesome health benefits of mushrooms such as potassium, iron, and Vitamin D, this fungi is known to have very little pesticide residue. This time, save your money and purchase this one inorganically.
Next: This low-carb veggie has become a popular substitute for bread.
Cauliflower is another veggie that was tested and showed almost zero pesticide residue. It’s a great option since it provides fiber and Vitamin C while keeping carbs and fat low, and it’s perfectly safe to buy the conventionally-grown kind. Plus, you can make tasty cauliflower pizza with it!
Next: This summer barbecue staple is almost always pesticide free.
Almost every sample of sweet corn tested by the USDA came back with no pesticide residue at all. The husks help to protect kernels from absorbing any pesticides. Plus, frozen corn yielded the same results, so it’s perfectly fine to buy the packaged kind, too.
Next: This veggie has been known to reduce the risk of stomach cancer.
Pea pods prevent pesticides from gaining access to the peas themselves, so no need to purchase organic sweet peas. Plus, they can also lower the risk of certain cancers.
Next: This underground veggie is inaccessible to pests.
Since onions grow underground, they’re safe from pests, so there’s no need to spray them with pesticides. 98% of onions tested showed no pesticide residue, so conventional onions are perfectly fine.
Next: This veggie is full of antioxidants.
Asparagus is another veggie that showed almost no pesticide residue. Plus, they contain rutin, which is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, so this vegetable is definitely worth buying at the store brand price.
Next: This ancient grain stormed onto the health food scene in 2014.
Quinoa contains saponin, which tastes bad to pests, so they stay away without any pesticides. Plus, quinoa is not a genetically modified grain, so all raw-form quinoa is also non-GMO.
Next: This leafy vegetable is most popular around St. Patrick’s Day.
Cabbage is another veggie that contains little to no pesticide residue. If you want to be on the safe side, peel off the outside leaves and use what’s inside — although it is perfectly safe to eat the whole head.
Next: This veggie’s skin wards off pesticides.
The pesticides that are used on eggplant only reach as far as its skin, and a lot of them don’t even stay there by the time it reaches your kitchen. With only 33 calories per cup, this purple plant is a standout choice for healthy eating.
Next: This food’s organic content is not even regulated in the United States.
Since there are no official standards for organic seafood in the United States, the “organic” label doesn’t mean anything for fish sourced in the U.S. While you can purchase imported organic fish, keeping track of a wild-caught fish’s diet is impossible, so it’s important to note you’d be eating farmed fish.
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