We all want to eat what is healthy for us.  However, eating healthfully and eating for a healthy weight may not be in the same ballpark. An organic cookie is still a cookie.  When choosing to eat healthy or organic do not forget about moderation and portion size!

Here are some tips on eating organic.

To be cost effective:

  • Try buying the store brands versus name brands of organic products
  • Start with the products that you consume most often
  • Check out your local farmer’s markets.  What’s in season is always more cost effective and has better quality nutrients and taste.
  • Choose to buy organic for produce that carry more pesticides and for dairy or protein products.  You cannot wash those items.

Here is the list of the worst (#1) to the best (#43).  The worst meaning it contains the most pesticide residue after washing in conventional farming.

1.   Peaches

2.   Apples

3.   Sweet Bell Peppers

4.   Celery

5.   Nectarines

6.   Strawberries

7.   Cherries

8.   Pears

9.   Imported Grapes

10. Spinach

11. Lettuce

12. Potatoes

13. Carrots

14. Green Beans

15. Hot Peppers

16. Cucumbers

17. Raspberries

18. Plums

19. Grapes- Domestic

20. Oranges

21. Grapefruit

22. Tangerines

23. Mushrooms

24. Cantaloupe

25. Honeydew Melon

26. Tomatoes

27. Sweet Potatoes

28. Watermelon

29. Winter Squash

30. Cauliflower

31. Blueberries

32. Papaya

33. Broccoli

34. Cabbage

35. Bananas

36. Kiwi

37. Sweet Peas – frozen

38. Asparagus

39. Mango

40. Pineapples

41. Sweet corn – frozen

42. Avocado

43. Onions