Monday 10th December 2018,

Organic Too Expensive? Buy Layered Foods…

Organic Too Expensive? Buy Layered Foods…

Organic food is great, but it can cost a lot more. So how do you avoid pesticides and other ‘nasties’ without forking out a fortune? Buy layered foods…

Only 7% of organic foods, according to Stanford University, have pesticide residue on them. Compare that to the 38% of regular crops that have pesticide residue, and you can see why the organic version is a more appealing proposition.

While the regular crops we eat are still fine – very few studies have found any contamination levels above the limits known to cause real issue – because pesticides can interfere with your metabolism it might be better to play it safe.

But the appeal and safety of organic foods comes at a price. Organic foods cost anywhere from 10-30% more than their regular counterparts. That sure makes a difference to the weekly shop.

So how can you eat with that extra level of safety but without having to worry about paying extra for the organic version?

Buy regular versions of all layered foods.

By ‘layered’, we mean those crops that have either an inedible outer layer or an outer layer that you could choose to remove, therefore eradicating the possible contamination from pesticides. Here are a few options for you to consider:

  • Sweetcorn (whole cob)
  • Pineapple
  • Watermelon
  • Mushroom
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Onion
  • Sweet potato
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Aubergine
  • Cabbage
  • Pea pods
  • Grapefruit

There are more, of course, but here’s how to save some money without worrying about the possibility of pesticide residue.

If you need one of these layered foods when shopping, go for the regular crop. You’re going to peel off the outside layer anyway, right? But if you’re buying apples, grapes, cucumbers, peaches, strawberries and other fruit or vegetables that are eaten whole, consider the organic version to keep the contamination risk low.

We think that by buying organic foods in a smart way, you can save 10-15% on your shopping bill versus buying ‘all organic’. Remember – buy layered foods and you can skip the ‘organic tax’.

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Stewart Rogers is the philanthropic founder of UsFitties. Living proof that the Slow Carb Diet works fantastically well and passionate about fitness and healthy living. Enjoys challenging himself every now and then...

  • Thanks for explaining the concept of layering foods in such an easy to understand way. I definitely will keep this information in mind when I hit the produce aisle.

  • Stewart – any reason that the pesticides that enter the plant through water absorption (root systems, etc) are not also an issue even for layered foods?

    • There could be a small issue, but let’s think about the real risks here. As we said in our other article on organic food, only a very, very small percentage of tests have ever found the pesticide residue to be over the mark where it could become dangerous.

      In order for it to soak through the soil into root systems, the pesticide level would have to be above that mark in the first place, so you’ll find most residue is on the outside of the crop and completely removable in layered foods.

      I see the appeal of organic food, but when you can remove the outer layer and when the chance of any contamination through soil is incredibly slim, I say people should save their money on layered foods and only bother with organic on foods you need to eat whole.