Organic versions of nearly all foods are becoming more readily available and many households are starting to incorporate organic into their daily lives. But many of us don't know what "organic" means. We know when you should go organic--and when you can skip it.
We understand that having an entire organic kitchen can get expensive, which is why we went to registered dietitian Diane Henderiks for tips on what organic items should be on our "must-have" list--and which we can forego.
There have been studies based on U.S. government data that ranked pesticide levels in conventionally grown fruits and veggies. So why not go organic? "Organic" refers to farming methods that avoid the use of pesticides and other chemicals in order to protect the environment. Organic farms use about 50 percent less energy than conventional farms.
Below is a list of fruits and veggies that ranked highest in residues than other produce. Diane calls them the "Filthy Fourteen" and they should be your top organic fruit and vegetable purchases.
Make sure you read the labels when purchasing food. The labels use terms that most of us skip over because we haven't a clue what they mean. Click for Diane's "Label Lingo" list--and never be confused again.
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