Organic Food Facts: Your Shopping Guide

Don't Stress if These Foods Aren't Organic

Packaged goods: If the product is high in fat, sugar, and salt, the organic label doesn't redeem it.

Fruits and vegetables with an inedible peel: There are exceptions, but in general, picks such as watermelon or eggplant contain relatively low levels of pesticide (see "The Clean 15" for more suggestions). Even produce without a rind or peel (such as broccoli, cabbage, and tomatoes) can have low levels of toxic residue. Visit foodnews.org later this year for an updated list.

If you're watching your wallet, these fruits and vegetables have the lowest levels of pesticide residue, according to the Environmental Working Group, so it's fine to buy conventional versions. However, if your baby eats any of these foods daily (perhaps he's an avocado connoisseur?), consider moving it to your organic shopping list.

The Clean 15

1. Onions

2. Avocado

3. Corn

4. Pineapple

5. Mangoes

6. Asparagus

7. Sweet peas

8. Kiwifruit

9. Cabbage

10. Eggplant

11. Papaya

12. Watermelon

13. Broccoli

14. Tomatoes

15. Sweet potatoes

The bottom line? Feed your baby some organic food if you can, but don't stress if you can't. If she eats a wide variety of nutritious foods, you're doing your job!

Originally published in the May 2010 issue of American Baby magazine.

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