When you’re cooking up popcorn on the stove or in an air popper, you can save a bit by skipping organic. “Corn is one food that has an extremely low level of pesticide residue, to begin with,” Greebel says. If you love packaged microwave popcorn, however, you may want to spring for organic.
Snacks, such as cookies, crackers, and fruit snacks, are all junk food, regardless of the label. Whether or not they’re organic doesn’t change the fact that these are processed foods that typically contain a lot of sugar and saturated fat, Lease says. Organic does not necessarily mean that a product is healthier in terms of the product’s nutritional profile. “In general, organic or not, we want to limit our intake of processed foods,” she says. “So, if you are buying something like cookies to have as a treat now and then, I’d say save the extra bucks on the organic counterpart.”
Organic citrus fruits
Similar to melons, citrus fruits like lemons, limes and oranges have thick enough skins to deter bugs, meaning they have less need for pesticides, and when they are sprayed, the chemicals stay on the peel, says Kelly Kennedy, a registered dietitian. “Since you’ll be peeling it off and throwing it away anyway, buying organic oranges isn’t the best bang for your buck,” she says. “But I do recommend thoroughly washing the skin of any fruit or vegetable before you cut into it to remove any dirt, germs, etc. so that you’re not pulling those through the flesh of the produce as you cut.”
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