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If You Can't Afford Everything Organic, Which Things Should Be?

| Filed under: FoodMargaux J. Rathbun


This is such a good question from a Perezelicious Fit Reader! We've noticed that organic foods ARE much more expensive than regular food, so what happens if you can only afford to get a few things organic, Margaux??

The Question:

I am on a tight budget right now and I want to make healthy choices when it comes to feeding my family. The problem is that organic food is very expensive compared to traditional fruits and veggies. If I had to get one thing organic, what do you think it should be?

Margaux's Response:

That is a great question. Like you, I have noticed the price difference between conventional fruits and vegetables versus organic ones. During the summer, I will buy my fruits and veggies at our local farmer's market because the prices are affordable and the produce is usually organic. I can purchase more at these markets and not blow my budget. But what happens if there aren't any farmer's markets and what if I can't afford to buy all organic? If I had to make a choice and purchase only one thing organic, I would have to go with strawberries. They are one of the most heavily sprayed, pesticide-loaded fruits out there. This is because they grow right on the ground and pests love to eat the tasty berries. It may cost a bit more, but buy organic strawberries. They taste great and you won't have to worry about consuming a bunch of nasty chemicals.

A general rule of thumb: the thicker the outside, the safer the inside. If you can't get organic fruit, you should be safe with conventional watermelons, oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, etc. Just make sure you wash them well.

Thanks for the info, Margaux! Hope this helps!

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