DON’T Buy Organic !

Save $$ – don’t be fooled!   Below is a list of foods that you do *not* need to buy organic.    This is due to several reasons, ranging from the thickness of the skin, to the skin not being eaten, or that the pesticides used on them are minimal to non-existent.

Dr. Andrew Weil (the only physician I place trust in) says, “Of the 43 different fruit and vegetable categories tested, the following foods do not have to be organic.   These had the lowest pesticide load, and consequently are the safest conventionally grown crops to consume from the standpoint of pesticide contamination.”

He also goes on to point out, “However, make it a habit to wash them thoroughly before eating or cooking, to remove dirt and bacteria.”   I suggest washing them in baking soda and water.   Not only does this help remove residue from the skin, but is the ingredients for the ‘veggie washes’ found in stores (for too much $$).

Now .. Dr. Weil only lists a ‘Top 11’, but I have identified FOUR more from reputable sites, so have included them below.   Additionally, I have included two ‘questionable’ ones.

For Dr. Weil’s list:

The additional foods have been added below, in alphabetical order.







Corn (sweet, frozen)







Peas (sweet, frozen)


Tomatoes and Sweet Potatoes.   Both often come out on the ‘dirty list’ for pesticides, yet seem to be naturally resistant to them.   However, do watch tomatoes .. they are often Genetically Modified (GM).


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mike k
    Mar 18, 2010 @ 19:03:22

    Thanks for the tip. I also couldn’t believe the prices of some “organic” food. It was just crazy.


  2. Patrick Fish
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 00:03:06

    Other lists show Sweet Potatoes as being in the top 2 to ALWAYS buy in organic variety. Which makes sense. This list does not.


    • Raw Yogini
      Feb 14, 2011 @ 00:35:40

      Do not condemn the entire list for one item. Nor is it necessary to say the list doesn’t make sense based on one item. According to the Environmental Working Group, Sweet Potatoes are “naturally resistant” to pesticides. I assure you, a great deal of research went into the compilation of this list. Likewise, please note that Sweet Potatoes are listed at the bottom as ‘questionable’. Otherwise, thank you for reading my blog!


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