Snacks, such as cookies, crackers, and fruit snacks, are all junk food, regardless of the label. Whether or not they’re organic doesn’t change the fact that these are processed foods that typically contain a lot of sugar and saturated fat, Lease says. Organic does not necessarily mean that a product is healthier in terms of the product’s nutritional profile. “In general, organic or not, we want to limit our intake of processed foods,” she says. “So, if you are buying something like cookies to have as a treat now and then, I’d say save the extra bucks on the organic counterpart.” Cheap, processed cookies are one of the 50 things nutritionists never eat and neither should you.
Organic citrus fruits
Similar to melons, citrus fruits like lemons, limes, and oranges have thick enough skins to deter bugs, meaning they have less need for pesticides, and when they are sprayed, the chemicals stay on the peel, says Kelly Kennedy, a registered dietitian, and Everyday Health nutritionist. “Since you’ll be peeling it off and throwing it away anyway, buying organic oranges isn’t the best bang for your buck,” she says. “But I do recommend thoroughly washing the skin of any fruit or vegetable before you cut into it to remove any dirt, germs, etc. so that you’re not pulling those through the flesh of the produce as you cut.”
Thanks to the popularity of low-carb diets, cauliflower is in everything from pizza crusts to fried “rice.” And we have more good news for people who are both frugal and health-conscious! “This cruciferous vegetable typically contains little to no pesticide residue, so you no need to break the bank buying organic,” Axe says. Do you know the 15 vitamins nutritionists never take?