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Most people perceive organic food to be healthier and safer than non-organic options — but is this based on fact or opinion? While the consumption of organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticides and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the jury’s still out on whether eating fully organic boasts the health benefits to warrant dishing out more dough.
While some people choose to eat organic for reasons other than nutrition alone — including animal welfare, environmental impact and the desire to avoid genetic modification, growth hormones and antibiotics — making the decision to go organic isn’t a cheap one. Due to higher production costs and limited supply, most organic foods are more expensive than conventional options.
So, which items are worth the splurge? Keep this guide handy next time you’re debating whether to snag or skip organic.
Written by Alexis Joseph, MS, RD, the whole foods enthusiast and registered dietitian behind the plant-based food blog Hummusapien.