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When are organics worth the extra money?

• Apr 24, 2018 at 5:00 PM

It’s hard to miss the “organic” section in the produce aisles at your local grocery store these days. You will also notice they tend to cost more than the “non-organic” produce.

When are organic fruits and veggies worth the extra money?

Josh Elledge, the chief executive angel for the Savings Angel website, separates the worthy and not-worthy with two lists: the “Clean 15” and the “Dirty Dozen.” 

“If you’re unable to buy all organic produce, there’s an easy way to determine when you should splurge on organics and when you can safely save some money,” he posted. “Based on data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, The Environmental Working Group has come up with two lists called the ‘Clean 15’ and the ‘Dirty Dozen’ to help consumers gauge whether or not they should spend the extra money on organic produce.”

Elledge says the “Clean 15” is a list of fruits and vegetables that are least likely to contain pesticide residue. Often that means they have protective rinds or skins that are removed before consumption. Or it may be the way the item grows.

Topping the “Clean 15” is sweet corn.

Fruits and vegetables on the “Dirty Dozen” list generally have high amounts of pesticide residue. Topping that list is strawberries.

Read the complete blog post, “When are Organics Worth the Extra Money?” to see the full “clean” and “dirty” lists.

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