Buying organic?

You don’t need to overspend on all organic fruits and veggies. Focus on the produce where it matters most.

Organic produce includes plants that are grown without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and herbicides. But these special growing conditions make the food more expensive than conventional varieties. If you’re weighing whether or not to invest in organic produce for your family, consider the fact that some conventionally grown foods have relatively low levels of pesticide residue.

Broccoli, corn, cabbage, kiwi, grapefruit, asparagus and onions, as well as certain produce with peels, including bananas, oranges and avocados have in general a lower residue level.

Other foods, with much higher levels of pesticides, may be worth the organic price tag like: Apples, strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, imported nectarines, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, snap peas, potatoes, hot peppers, domestic blueberries, lettuce and kale top the list of fruits and vegetables with the highest amount of pesticide residue.