15 Foods You Don't Need to Buy Organic

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15 Foods You Don't Need to Buy Organic
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15 Foods You Don't Need to Buy Organic

2) Sweet Corn

Try these delicious, healthy recipes with corn:

Mexican Grilled Corn
Coconut Creamed Corn
Corn with Bacon & Mushrooms

3) Pineapples

Try these delicious, healthy recipes with pineapple:

Pineapple Coffee Cake
Pineapple & Ham Bread Soufflé
Tom Yum Soup with Pineapple

5) Cabbage

Try these delicious, healthy recipes with cabbage:

Sweet & Sour Cabbage Rolls
Cabbage Slaw
Sweet & Sour Beef-Cabbage Soup

7) Asparagus

Try these delicious, healthy recipes with asparagus:

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus
Asparagus with Curry Butter
Roasted Asparagus Salad with Citrus Dressing

8) Mangos

Try these delicious, healthy recipes with mangos:

Curried Chicken with Mango Salad
Mango Pudding
Mango Tango Smoothie

9) Eggplant

Try these delicious, healthy recipes with eggplant:

Spiced Eggplant-Lentil Salad with Mango
Eggplant Pomodoro Pasta
Grilled Eggplant & Portobello Sandwich

11) Cantaloupe (domestic)

Try these delicious, healthy recipes with cantaloupe:

Cantaloupe Smoothie
Cantaloupe Ice Pops
Chicken & Fruit Salad

12) Sweet Potatoes

Try these delicious, healthy recipes with sweet potatoes:

Sweet Potato, Red Onion & Fontina Tart
Chile-Garlic Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potato Hash Browns

14) Watermelon

Try these delicious, healthy recipes with watermelon:

Watermelon Gazpacho
Watermelon Salsa
Watermelon Sorbet

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By: Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D.

In my household, we don't buy everything organic, but pesticides can be absorbed into fruits and vegetables, leaving trace residues, and I'd prefer to not eat pesticides. Long-term exposure to them has been associated with cancer, infertility and neurologic conditions, such as Parkinson's.

One more thing to consider in making your organic purchases: the environment. Certainly buying organic is healthier for the environment because it mandates more sustainable farming practices and helps to reduce the amount of chemicals that leach into our soil and water.

But do you really need to buy everything organic? Is okay to buy certain conventionally grown produce?

The Environmental Working Group (EWG, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization) has identified 15 fruits and vegetables that are least likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues.

Check out the slideshow above to find out 15 foods that the organic label doesn't change.

Source: Environmental Working Group. Go to foodnews.org for updates.

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