As a health enthusiast, I can guarantee that eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein is good for you. But as you wander the aisles of your supermarket, checking out the fresh produce, meats, and dairy products for your healthy diet, you might wonder: Should you buy organic? Then you compare prices and ask yourself: Should I REALLY buy organic?

Whenever possible, the answer is YES.

And here are 3 very good reasons.

fresh-produceFirst: Organic crops must be produced without conventional pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, or ionizing radiation. This “stuff” for lack of a better term, can accumulate in the soil, in the water, and in your body (yikes!). Over long term, even small doses of might add up to an increased health risks.

Second: Organic fruits and vegetables often taste more “farm fresh” because organic farms sell their products closer to the point of harvest.  Less travel time means fresher produce and fresher usually means a more flavorful and nutrient rich product.

Third: Organically raised animals must be given organic feed and kept free of growth hormones and antibiotics. When you consider that you eat what the animals you eat eat (a little tongue twister there), hormone and antibiotic free food just makes sense.

Yes, organic food typically costs more, but it provides many health benefits such as fewer pesticides and a more environmentally friendly production.

If you don’t want to go all-organic, here are 14 foods that you really should use in organic form and 15 that are ok in non organic form.

The Dirty Dozen (plus 2!)

  1. Apples
  2. strawberryCelery
  3. Cherry Tomatoes
  4. Cucumbers
  5. Grapes
  6. Nectarines
  7. Peaches
  8. Potatoes
  9. Snap Peas
  10. Spinach
  11. Strawberries
  12. Sweet Bell Peppers
  13. Hot Peppers
  14. Kale / Collard Greens

The Clean Fifteen

  1. Asparagus
  2. avocadoAvocados
  3. Cabbage
  4. Cantaloupe
  5. Cauliflower
  6. Eggplant
  7. Grapefruit
  8. Kiwi
  9. Mangoes
  10. Onions
  11. Pappayas
  12. Pineapples
  13. Sweet Corn
  14. Sweet Peas
  15. Sweet Potatoes

Make the decision that makes the most sense for you and that you can financially manage.