Sometimes you just don't want to spend that extra dollar on an ingredient, and that's okay! You shouldn't need to...or should you? When it comes to boxed items, you should read the ingredient label on the side or back. If you can recognize each ingredient or at least pronounce it without any trouble, it should be okay to eat. Also, keep in mind that the fewer ingredients there are, the healthier it will be. But, even for some boxed or canned items, you should consider buying organic.
- Peanut butter
- Salad dressing
- Baby food
Cookies contain beet sugar, and most beet sugar used in cookies is genetically modified. Even though organic cookies don't contain fewer calories, you are still avoiding corn that is used in high-fructose corn syrup and sugar from sugar beets.
Non-organic peanut butter contains many pesticides and even fungus.
Non-organic salad dressing today comes from genetically-engineered soy or canola. These crops are grown using massive amounts of pesticides and are not tested.
As for baby food, you want to feed your baby the best food possible. The fruits and vegetables used in organic baby food are not sprayed with chemical pesticides and no antibiotics given to animals. Organic foods don't contain any artificial flavors or preservatives, either.
When picking out meat, go for the organic because it's safer. Organic meat is antibiotic-free, and no hormones are added. Organic meat does not contain GMOs or any other drugs.
As for produce, you should consider buying at lease the following items organic:
- Bell peppers