8 Foods Not Worth the Extra Money (and 5 That Are)

Learn where you can cut corners and which foods you might want to pay more for. Check out this guide from Michelle Madden, founder of The Sweet Beet. (14 Photos)

Michelle Madden on Dec 8, 2010 at 12:52PM

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8 Foods Not Worth the Extra Money (and 5 That Are)

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Thick-Skinned Produce: Not Worth It

Organic produce usually costs significantly more than conventional, and with some produce, I feel it’s worth it. But for others (those that don’t get blasted with pesticides) I see little reason to pay more. Thicker-skinned produce (onions, avocado, oranges, grapefruit, mangos, pineapple and bananas) tends to have fewer bugs and diseases (hence fewer pesticides) and since you remove the thick skin, even if there was some pesticide on the produce, what’s inside is usually untainted. I rarely buy the organic version of these.

Get an outstanding Vegetable Barley Soup recipe here (it calls for a lot of onions!)

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