Have you seen the prices on groceries lately? OUCH. We’re all on a budget, and sometimes we simply can’t afford all the delicious meats, fruits, and veggies we want. To make matters worse, organic foods (foods that are free of pesticides/antibiotics) are even more expensive– an average of 47% more expensive, actually. That can really add up for families! It seems we are always left with the choice of inexpensive and dirty or pricey and clean. But did you know even though some foods can be bought as organic, they do not actually need to be to ensure safety? To help you on your next shopping trip, take a look at our list of foods that are safe to buy inorganic!
Since they contain a rather thick outer-layer, the harmful pesticides can rarely penetrate through the rind. Just remember to wash the veggie before cutting so the knife doesn’t spread the germs on the outside to the inside!
There are technically no USDA organic standards for seafood of any kind. “Organic” seafood tends to promise lower levels of mercury and a cleaner harvesting process, but that isn’t quite regulated yet. Until it is, just aim for fish that has low levels of mercury– the only thing in fish that could be of harm to you or your family. Tuna has some of the highest levels of mercury, so be wary of how much tuna you and your family consume! The “light” tuna option tends to have much less mercury, so aim for that!
According to a study by EWG, 98% of sampled onions from the store (both organic and inorganic) were free of pesticides and other harmful chemicals. Since they grow underground, they rarely get hit with chemicals to keep bugs and pests off; when they do, their many layers protect them from over-exposure. Wash them thoroughly before using and you should be fine!
Believe it or not, this fun and tasty grain doesn’t actually need pesticides– its outer layer is bitter tasting which deters any critters. If the farmers do use chemicals, those same out layers keep the pesticides from breaching. Kinda cool, huh? When buying quinoa, always wash it thoroughly before use.
You probably could have guessed this one! Nothing is going to try to penetrate that scary-looking armor on the outside of a sweet pineapple, not even pesticides. Since the rind is almost never eaten, you can spare to buy these items inorganic as well!
It is always important to wash your produce before cutting or slicing. Our recommendation is to soak the produce in SCD ProKlean Fruit and Veggie Wash and water (at a ratio of 1 tablespoon per 1/2 gallon) SCD ProKlean Fruit and Vegetable Wash contains live probiotic bacteria that will minimize the existance of any bad bacteria while keeping the good! Soak for 10 minutes and then rinse with pure water. It is sure to help keep your home and kitchen clean!