Tips when buying organic without blowing the budget

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I’m reading a book about Paleo diet and found these instructions, which I believe it is very useful for everyone. Normally the best option when buying vegetables would be the fresh, locally grown organic produce in season. But, for many of us, the budget is tight. Besides that, some of us don’t live where there is a farmer market.  So, where best to put your money?

Next I’ll present two lists, in the first one are the foods that are most likely to be heavily contaminated, ranked in order, from dirtiest to less dirt.

In the second list are the foods that are least likely to be contaminated, ranked in order with the produce with the absolute lowest pesticides first.

The lists are created by the Environmental Group (EWG) and have scientific background; the source of by information is the book “500 Paleo Recipes” by Dana Carpander.

 Foods to watch out for:

1. Peaches

2. Apples

3. Sweet Bell peppers

4. Celery

5. Nectarines

6. Strawberries

7. Cherries

8. Pears

9. Grapes (Imported)

10. Spinach

11. Lettuce

12. Potatoes

13. Carrots

14. Green beans

15. Hot peppers

16. Cucumbers

17. Raspberries

18. Plums

19. Grapes (Domestic-USA)

20. Oranges

 You can save money on those:

1. Onion

2. Avocado

3. Sweet corn (frozen)

4. Pineapples

5. Mango

6. Asparagus

7. Sweet peas (frozen)

8. Kiwi

9. Bananas

10. Cabbage

11. Broccoli

12. Papaya

13. Blueberries

14. Cauliflower

15. Winter Squash

16. Watermelon

17. Sweet Potatoes

18. Tomatoes

19. Honeydew Melon

20. Cantaloupe

21. Mushrooms

So, if the food budget is tight it makes sense work with those options and have the best of both!

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