I want my family to eat the healthiest foods available, but I also want to keep my food bills under control.
Some fruits and vegetables absorb more chemicals than others and some are more frequently treated with chemicals than others.
To maximize your organic food dollar, the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., recommends going organic on the "dirty dozen" -- types of produce that are most susceptible to pesticide residue:
Sweet bell peppers
And which organic produce is probably not worth the added expense? The group lists these 12 items as having the least pesticide residues:
Sweet peas (frozen)
Sweet corn (frozen)
While it would be best to eat only organic food, many of us must pick and choose which organics are a priority for us. Hopefully, this list will help us all make informed decisions at the grocery store.