Foods You Shouldn’t Buy Organic

Organic products can be very expensive. If you want to avoid pesticide residues while keeping costs down, there are fruits and vegetables that are safe to eat with conventional farming.

Buy these conventionally grown specimens and save money in the grocery store to buy more expensive products that tend to have higher levels of pesticide residues.

All of these safe, conventional fruits and vegetables are filled with a variety of nutrients. If you eat this rainbow, you can stay healthy.

You will be satisfied with the variety in the first category (we cheat and there are more than five) and you will be surprised with number 5.

Products with thick skin

It’s great to have thick skin, either against attribution or to resist pesticide residue. In general, it is safer to eat products with thick skin. Pineapples are super safe to buy the non-organic version.

Around 89% of the pineapples have no residues. Grapefruit, papayas, avocados, mangoes, melons and watermelons are also very healthy, non-organic options.

All of these fruits are very healthy. It is important to eat products in a rainbow of colors. So enjoy cheaper and more conventional versions of the heart’s content.

Kiwi and cauliflower

Despite the relatively thin skin, kiwis are very safe to eat the traditional version. Kiwis are usually not sprayed with pesticides anyway. Kiwi fruits are rich in vitamins such as C, K and E, other antioxidants and a lot of fiber. So enjoy the spicy taste of kiwi and the conventionally associated health benefits

The versatile and dietary cauliflower is safe to eat without buying the organic version. Since you can replace potatoes and rice, eat cauliflower and save a few carbs!

Onions and sweet potatoes

It is generally a good idea to avoid conventionally grown underground products. Onions and sweet potatoes are two notable exceptions. Onions and sweet potatoes contain significantly less pesticide residues.

Since both are very healthy vegetables (unless fried or mixed with marshmallows), buy the traditional versions and get all the goodies at a cheaper price.

Eggplant, asparagus, peas and cabbage

The beautiful purple skin of the humble eggplant resists pesticide residues. If you eat younger eggplants, you don’t even have to peel them.

Asparagus and cabbage (of any color) also do not accumulate pesticide residues. If you love the taste of peas, you’re in luck. Eat them raw, steamed, or cooked for their incredible taste and fiber content.


Although they are not plants, mushrooms contain very little pesticide residue. Eat them instead of meat or add them to meals for more flavor and fiber.

Mushrooms, the darker the better, contain a number of B vitamins and an important antioxidant, selenium.


If you choose your product wisely, you can buy both conventional and organic offerings. With a few thoughtful purchases, you can avoid both an inflated grocery bill and pesticide residue.

In general, thick-skinned fruits and vegetables can be bought safely in a conventional manner. Root vegetables, sweet potatoes and onions do not have to be organic. So save money on organic potatoes. Of course there are products that you should always buy organically, and we’ll cover them in another article.