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Buying Organic Fruits and Vegetables- Important?

IMG 5474 300x200 Buying Organic Fruits and Vegetables  Important?Frequently, I am asked: “Do you buy ALL Organic?”

The answer is no.  In a FREE food world, I would buy everything organic.  But, like most families, I attempt to have some sort of control over my grocery budget, I do not always buy organic. With three kids, I do try to whenever possible.  I worry about what those veggies are sprayed with.  I find myself buying more and more organic, each time I shop.  I always buy organic greens (lettuce and spinach) Apples & Grapes.

I will be expanding my list, especially after coming across this handy produce list (see below) with the amount of pesticides included.

Here is the skinny…

On buying Organic vs. Non-Organic.  Feel free to share the grocery gossip & spread the word.

First, I will mention that when I have the option to patronage local farms and farmers market vs. going to the food store I do, especially in the summer.  I know that local produce is harder to come by in the winter months.  It’s great because I know or can ask the farmers if they use pesticides.  Not all produce is “certified” organic, but may be grown without harmful pesticides- just ask your farmers.  I also try to plant my own garden every year & have raspberry bushes.  I also grow my own Herbs outside in the summer, which reminds me…

Dear Santa,

Please, pretty please, bring me a new large herb box so I can grow fresh rosemary, chives and cilantro in my kitchen window.  I promise I will water them and make sure they get lots of love and sunshine.  And I am so sorry that I neglected my garden this past summer, letting the weeds take over.  I will not let this happen again.  I promise. You can send your elves to check on me.  I’ll also make you chocolate chip cookies again, no fruit or veggies- promise (except for the reindeer) 


apple Buying Organic Fruits and Vegetables  Important?Anyway, as a rule of thumb, the thicker the skin on a fruit or vegetable the less pesticides are going to be in the produce you eat.  Not clear?  Still confused on when to buy organic?  Here is a list of fruits and vegetables in order of pesticide content.  I recently came across this list from the Environmental Working Group whose main goal is to “protect the most vulnerable segments of the human population- children, babies, and infants in the womb from health problems attributed to a wide array of toxic contaminants.”   Having three kids, I commend this goal.

Recipe for Shopping for Organic Produce

Rating: 51

EWG Dirty Dozen List (meaning BUY these foods ORGANIC) 1.Apples 2. Celery 3. Strawberries 4. Peaches 5. Spinach 6. Nectarines – imported 7. Grapes – imported 8. Sweet bell peppers 9. Potatoes 10. Blueberrie – domestic 11. Lettuce 12. Kale/collard greens

Clean 15 (Lowest in Pesticides, if Organic is too pricey- feel okay about buying these non-organic) 1. Onions 2. Sweet Corn 3. Pineapples 4. Avocado 5. Asparagus 6. Sweet peas 7. Mangoes 8. Eggplant 9. Cantaloupe - domestic 10. Kiwi 11. Cabbage 12. Watermelon 13. Sweet potatoes 14. Grapefruit 15. Mushrooms

This list is from www.EWG.org


  • The Dirty Dozen list (highest is Pesticides- BUY ORGANIC)
  • The Clean 15 list (Lowest in Pesticides)


  1. To See a Full list of Produce according to pesticide amount- see: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/list/
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If eating Organic and the health of your family is important, think about Donating to EWG this holiday season.

Disclosure: I was in no way compensated for this article.   EWG is just Non for profit Organization that I feel deserved a Shout Out.

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Kristie Finnan is a Registered Dietitian/Licensed Nutritionist, Freelance Writer and Published Children's Author. She is the Mom of 3 and Food Snob with a passion for Nutrition Education, Healthy Kids Foods, Marketing and Social Media. Kristie is the Creative Director/Editor for www.DivaDietitian.com and www.KidsLoveFood.com & Founder of www.DoylestownNutrition.com. Diva Dietitian blogs in Full Disclosure. Please see: http://kristiefinnan.com/about/disclosure.

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  • Lauren says:

    Great article! A nice guide to the importance of organic food.
    Have you read the Oct. 31 issue of Time magazine. there are two articles in it — “Little Women” and “Girls Interrupted” that explore the possible link of pesticides and other chemicals in the environment to early onset of puberty in girls.
    Check it out.

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