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When to buy organic

So once again I'm repeating content from the Wall Street Journal, which despite their conservative tendencies, does produce some great journalism. Bear with me. The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit dedicated to raising concerns about pesticides, has created a guide to the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and the 12 least. Basically, they encourage consumers to buy organic whenever possible, but some foods do not absorb pesticides as easily as others. So if you have to make a choice between organic versus conventional, these are the foods they recommend:

Buy these organic: peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, imported grapes, spinach, lettuce, potatoes.

Safest conventionally-grown foods: onions, avocado, frozen sweet corn, pineapple, mango, asparagus, frozen sweet peas, kiwi fruit, bananas, cabbage, broccoli, papaya.

In addition, they recommend buying organic milk, or at the least milk that doesn't contain the growth hormone rBGH, organic baby food (check out Nice Cubes Frozen Organic Baby Food), and meat that is free of growth hormones and antibiotics. They say it is particularly important for pregnant women and young children to eat organic foods and no-hormone milk whenever possible since pesticides are thought to impact fetal development and growth.

(Originally published on ReadySetMom.com)

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