organic food to eat

Want to know the best organic food to eat, and the food you don’t need to eat if money is tight? Read on!

Organic food has been scientifically cited as being better for you but can be more expensive to buy. Therefore, I’ve been doing a little research into what organic food to eat and which organic food you don’t necessarily need to buy if money is tight.  That research led me to the Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK), who published the best and worst food in the UK for pesticide residues.

In my list of organic food to eat, I’ve listed the foods that PAN UK found to have the highest levels of pesticide residues.  These are the ones that are worth spending a little bit more money on for the organic versions.  For example, 90% of pears that PAN UK sampled were found to have pesticide residues, and that figure is 89% for apples and 88% for grapes.

In the list of organic foods you don’t need to buy, I’ve listed the foods that they found to have the lowest levels of pesticide residues.  Here, if your budget is tight then you can save your money and buy the regular non-organic versions.

If you’re a Moral Fibres US reader then do check out the Environmental Working Group Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides for information for your area.

The Organic Food to Eat

These fruit and vegetables tend to have high levels of pesticide use associated with their growth, so these are the foods you should eat organic:

Apples
Apricots
Beans in a Pod
Carrots
Citrus Fruits
Courgettes & Marrows
Cucumber
Grapes
Lettuce
Nectarines
Parsnips
Peas in a Pod
Pears
Peaches
Pineapple
Strawberries
Sweet Potatoes
Tomatoes
Yams

The Ones You Can Give A Miss

These fruit and vegetables tend to have lower levels of pesticide use associated with their growth. Therefore you can buy the non-organic versions if your shopping budget doesn’t stretch as far as the organic versions:

Aubergines
Bananas
Celery
Chili
Corn on the Cob
Ginger
Kiwi Fruit
Leeks
Melons
Onions
Peppers
Plums
Potatoes
Raspberries
Spinach
Star Fruit

I’d always try and buy local (or at least British grown) and seasonal produce though, where possible.

One thought on the list: I’m not sure about fruits with skin on them.  For example, PAN UK found that 100% of soft citrus fruit that they tested had pesticide residue.  I’ve always been of the opinion that as you’re peeling them, and have no intention of zesting them, then you don’t need to buy organic citrus fruit.  Unless you’re making organic marmalade of course. What do you think?

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