Hello organic lovers! Last time, we talked about the best foods to buy organic. And because I adore to spread the good news, and help our fellow organic lovers to save and buy organic on a budget, I did the hard part of listing down the foods that are not necessary to buy organic. Excited to know? Read on…
Onion don’t see as many pest threats, therefore it is less in pesticide spraying. This is a great source of vitamin C, one medium onion has only around 44 calories. Remove the outer layers of skin before cooking or serving raw.
One thing that protects the avocado from harmful pesticides is its thick skin. Avocado is rich in dietary fiber, potassium, magnesium, and folate, and vitamins B6, C, E and K. To be extra careful, wash the skin before cutting into it.
Sweet corn may take a lot of fertilizer to grow, but there is no pesticides on its kernels. Corn is a good source of thiamine and folate, one cook ear of yellow corn contains about 111 calories. Buy it fresh and local, and boil it that day for the best.
Papaya, Pineapple, Watermelon and Mango
Same with avocado, papaya, pineapple, watermelon and mango are less in pesticide because of their thick skin. But still, you have to rinse it with water before cutting open.
Asparagus face fewer threats from pests such as insects or disease, so fewer pesticides need to be used. It can be found in green and white varieties. Four cooked spears of asparagus contain about 13 calories and are a great source of protein, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, iron, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese, and selenium. Wash thoroughly before preparing.
According to Environment Working Group (EWG), sweet peas are among the least likely vegetables to have pesticide residue. A 100-calorie serving of peas (about 3/4 cup) contains more protein than a whole egg or a tablespoon of peanut butter, and has less than 1 gram of fat and no cholesterol. Rinse them before preparing.
Kiwi peel provides a barrier from pesticides. Give them a rinse before cutting.
Cabbage doesn’t hold on to so many pesticides because a ton of spraying isn’t required to grow it. Cabbage is a great source of vitamins C, K, and B6, as well as folate and manganese. One cup of raw cabbage has only about 22 calories. Remove and throw out the outer layers to cut down on dirt, bacteria, and pesticide residues.
Maybe it’s the thick skin, but eggplants are among the least likely to be contaminated by pesticides, according to the Environmental Working Group.
Broccoli doesn’t retain pesticides because the crop faces fewer pest threats, which means less spraying, so enjoy broccoli raw or cooked after washing well. Florets that are dark green, purplish, or bluish contain more beta-carotene and vitamin C than paler or yellowing ones.
Not only are sweet potatoes unlikely to be contaminated with pesticides, they’re also a superfood, packed with Vitamin A and beta carotene.
So, this is the list of foods that you may not buy organic. However, fruits like corn, avocado, pineapple and kiwi must be double checked before purchasing to make sure you’re not buying a GMO variety. Remember, if you can’t afford to purchase all organic food, at least aim to buy produce that has a lower toxic load and is non-GMO.