Organic Produce: When Can You Compromise?

As a raw vegan or someone transitioning into this diet, you’re eating so many more fruits and veggies, so you should consider the quality of the produce you consume. If the bulk of what you’re putting in your body is fruit and vegetables, you want to be sure they are actually going to improve your health. This is why a lot of people worry that they should buy everything from the organic section, but they can’t afford the added cost.

I want to bring your awareness to one thing: some products really don’t need to be organic. There are two reasons for this. 

The first one is if the produce has very thick skin, it will not absorb the pesticides used for its cultivation. Think pineapples, grapefruit, mangoes, cantaloupe, watermelon, etc. 🍈

The second is that there are certain fruits and vegetables that simply aren’t sprayed with pesticides. The top 10 clean produce according to the Environmental Working Group are:

  • Avocados
  • Sweetcorn
  • Pineapples
  • Peas
  • Onions
  • Papayas
  • Eggplants
  • Asparagus
  • Kiwis
  • Cabbages

So you can purchase all these foods safely knowing that they have few, if any, pesticides seeping into the produce 👍.

On the other hand, there are some products you want to buy organic if you can. These foods have been found to contain the highest amount of pesticides and in higher concentrations:

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Tomatoes

But the most important thing I want you to remember is not to stress about it. You know why? Because stress creates disease in the body, so you might say it’s a little counterintuitive to stress about health. I know I can't always buy organic. If I can, I do, but if I can’t, I don’t, because we all have bills to pay and we need to fill the car tank with gas, you know what I’m saying?

I do have one tip for you though, if you buy veggies off the Dirty 10 list and it’s not organic, give it a 10-minute soak in this concoction:
2 tbsp white vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup water

And for your greens:
2 cups white vinegar
3 cups water

Then just rinse it off and you’re good to go ✔️

What are your thoughts on organic produce? Which produce do you buy organic no matter what? Come let me know on Instagram, and leave a comment or direct message for me. I’d love to hear from you. 🦋

Don’t forget to check out this post about being a raw vegan on a budget, where I list some other money-saving tips for you.