20 Organic Foods That Are Not Worth The Extra Cost

Written by Kate Miller

Nature's Promise Arugula photo credit: Mr. T in DC

I strive to feed my family as healthfully as possible while still sticking to a tight grocery budget. For my family, healthy eating includes eating organically whenever possible. Yet the organic foods we eat have to be tempered against our frugality.

The desire to eat organic on a frugal budget has lead to a lot of research on my end. Surprisingly, I have found there are many organic foods that just are not worth the extra expense. Whether because of minimal pesticide residues or preparation methods, these 20 foods do not warrant the additional organic cost.

  1. Bananas
  2. Pineapple
  3. Asparagus
  4. Onions
  5. Garlic
  6. Broccoli
  7. Cabbage
  8. Papaya
  9. Corn
  10. Peas
  11. Mango
  12. Kiwi
  13. Avocado
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Wild or farmed fish (due to the lack of restrictions necessary for an organic label)
  16. Frozen varieties of any of the above produce
  17. Condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise – unless your family eats these items in great quantity)
  18. Convenience foods
  19. Snack foods
  20. Frozen meals

The last three on the list can be made from scratch with organic products for much less, per serving size, than the cost of already prepared counterparts. Plus, a potato chip really isn’t that healthy in any form, organic or not, so we skip the chips, and other similar snacks, all together.


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