Not every fruit and vegetable needs to be organic
That’s right, there’s no point to shelling out extra cash for some items at all because their skins are so thick, it’s impossible for nasty pesticides to get into the part you actually eat. Produce like oranges, lemons, limes, and bananas are perfectly safe to consume, organic or not. “Those peels are walls of armor,” says registered dietician Monica Auslander, MS, RD, LD/N, of Miami-based Essence Nutrition. The Environmental Working Group puts out a list of the so-called “Clean 15” -- fruits and veggies that you don’t need to buy organic. They also publish an annual “Dirty Dozen” list, i.e., the 12 produce items you should definitely buy organic if you want to avoid contact with pesticides and other gross stuff. Think foods where you eat the skin, like strawberries and apples, or items you eat right out of the ground, such as spinach.