Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Organic Money Wasters

I know I try very hard to eat as much, if not everything organic; however, sometimes that seems impossible to do. Others of you don't buy organic food because it's too expensive. Well, here are a few items that you DO NOT have to buy organic and if you do, you are wasting your money.

Non-organic, conventional buys that will save you money:
(TIP: Anything with a thick layer of non-permeable, uneatable skin you don't have to buy organic).
  1. Avocados
  2. Onions
  3. Watermelon
  4. Pinapple 
  5. Mango
  6. Frozen sweet peas
  7. Cabbage
  8. Asparagus
  9. Kiwi
  10. Eggplant
  11. Cantaloupe
  12. Bananas

    ALWAYS Buy Organic (anything with permeable or eatable skin):
    1. Grapes
    2. Potatoes
    3. Collared greens/Kale (super foods and super cheap)
    4. Spinach
    5. Cherries
    6. All berries
    7. Apples
    8. Peaches
    9. Celery
    10. Sweet Bell peppers
    11. Nectarines
    12. Corn (but consume in moderation regardless of it being organic)
    13. Rice
    Other money wasters:
    • Swordfish is considered a luxury, but DO NOT consume it because it contains one of the HIGHEST (if not the highest) levels of mercury of any seafood. Make sure all fish that you eat is WILD CAUGHT! Others high in mercury: ahi tuna, sea bass, grouper, canned tuna (white and albacore), & shark.


    Anonymous said...

    Thank you for pointing this out! And organic is not ALWAYS better for the environment. I buy only those things that should be organic, skipping things like coffee, because of the massive deforestation that it causes by just being regular ol' coffee. Be careful with only wild caught seafood though. Mussles and oysters (for example) are especially good to buy farmed, helping both the local economy and
    the earth. check this out http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/seafoodwatch.aspx -Jess;))

    Yaya's Dream said...

    If people are worried about what you are eating regarding seafood, check out Jess' link above! This link provides some GREAT info on what seafoods to avoid and which ones you can/should eat! Interesting facts about the oysters and clams--check it out! :)

    Amy said...

    Hey Lauren, just found your blog from facebook and I like it! My husband and I are very into natural/healthy things (he's even a vegan- I can't go that far!). I have a blog too but its more about kids eatonfamilyupdate.blogspot.com
    I'm jealous that you live near a Trader Joe's. All we have is publix, ughh..