Most people perceive organic food to be healthier and safer than non-organic options, but is this based on fact or opinion? While the consumption of organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticides and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the jury’s still out on whether eating fully organic boasts the health benefits to warrant dishing out more dough.

While some people choose to eat organic for reasons other than nutrition alone, including animal welfare, environmental impact and the desire to avoid genetic modification, growth hormones and antibiotics, making the decision to go organic isn’t a cheap one. Due to higher production costs and limited supply, most organic foods are more expensive than conventional options.

And for the record, we don’t just care about your finances, we care about you. That’s why we’ve dug deeper into what it means to be financially fit. Just like physical fitness, there are different ways to be financially fit. Your training program depends on what you want to accomplish, and you should approach your financial routine the same way.

So, which items are worth the splurge? Check out this nutritionally and financially healthy guide we found and keep this guide handy next time you’re debating whether to snag or skip organic.


  1. The_Dash

    Came here to say what you did, but I’d have been far less eloquent. I’m honestly afraid of the copper-based pesticides used by the organic industry that never have to go through government regulation like synthetic ones do.

    Worth mentioning that any article citing the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen is pretty much bunk. What they don’t tell you is that the pesticides detected are minute and far below Gov’t standards for risk.

    Bottom line, eat more fruits and veggies, period. Save your money for fun stuff.

  2. Wends

    This is quite an ill-informed article. Organic farming doesn’t mean non-pesticide farming. It means non-synthetic pesticides, which have been proven to be just as toxic as synthetic pesticides. The recommendations for washing your purchases ‘if you’re buying non-organic’ apply JUST as readily to organic produce; actually, given that some synthetic pesticides and herbicides have been proven to have less impact on our cells as they target only those of the particular pest they’re designed for, I’d say wash your organic produce just as if not MORE thoroughly!

    Also, NO milk, organic or not, is allowed to have antibiotics or hormones in it. If any antibiotics or hormones are found in a vat of milk, conventional or organic, the entire tank is dumped and the farmer absorbs the expenses of disposal and replacement. So organic milk has no benefits over conventional.

    The only way to ensure your produce is entirely pesticide free is to grow it yourself and not use pesticides! If it’s commercially grown, there’s pesticide use to prevent excessive crop loss.

    What can I say – do research, speak to farmers (both organic, conventional, and mixed (I have a mixed farmer who does half and half in my family)) and see for yourself what you want. Nine times out of ten, the organic label is simply not worth the money.

    Grass-fed beef, on the other hand, is worth every cent.

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