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Is Organic Food Better for You?

Here's how to decide if it's worth the higher price.

Is It Worth the Cost? continued...

 

If you are most interested in reducing pesticides in your food, buy organic versions of foods whose conventional forms may carry high levels of pesticide residues. These include:

 

  • Spinach

  • Green peas

  • Green beans

  • Green onions (scallions)

  • Summer and winter squash

  • Apples

  • Peaches

  • Pears

  • Strawberries

  • Blackberries

  • Raspberries

 

If you're most interested in promoting the growth of organic farming, buy organic foods that require large expanses of cropland and pasture, such as:

 

  • Wheat

  • Corn

  • Other grains

  • Dairy foods and beef

 

If you're interested in more natural conditions for farm animals and fewer antibiotics and hormones, buy products from organically raised livestock and poultry, such as:

 

  • Milk

  • Cheese

  • Yogurt

  • Eggs

  • Meat

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