If you’re anything like me, you probably spend a lot of time asking yourself questions at the grocery store: How many ingredients are in this? Is this food healthy? What the heck is xanthan gum and why is it in my salad dressing?
There are lots of questions, and the one we’re thinking about today is a big one: Should you buy organic?
Organic fruits and veggies are readily available in most grocers these days. However, organic goodies can sometimes cost double what their non-organic counterparts cost, because producing fruits and vegetables without the aid of pesticides and other unnatural additives is riskier and more expensive for growers.
How does this impact you? Well, organic foods contain less pesticide residue than conventional foods, which prevents these chemicals from entering the air and water around us. This means organic food is better for the environment and helps cut down on pollution.
If you’re watching your budget, this handy guide identifies the “Dirty Dozen” – the 12 fruits and vegetables that are most worth it to buy organic – as well as the “Clean 15” foods that are lowest in pesticide residue.
While organic foods have their benefits, if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle, start by simply buying more fruits and veggies – whether they’re organic or not.