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On the Cinco De Mayo Menu: When to Choose Organic Vs. Non-Organic

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On the Menu for Cinco De Mayo: Choosing Organic Vs. Non-Organic Elena Elisseeva/PhotoSpin

I was shopping for my upcoming Cinco De Mayo party, looking for organic wine to make my sangria. I realized that perhaps I should find out which items on my list were worth buying organic, and which were not.

It turns out , organic wine may be worth it, according to DrWeil.com. “Many people who buy and eat only organically grown fruits and vegetables often don't consider that the grapes grown to make wine might be sprayed with the same pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides used on other conventionally grown crops.”

So how about some of the other fruits I may marinate in the vino? Many of you may have heard of the 'Dirty Dozen' and 'Clean Fifteen' lists, as featured on EWG.org. These comprise a list of produce that are most or least affected by pesticides. I discovered that apples, grapes, peaches and strawberries all are listed as part of the 'Dirty Dozen.'

If I peel my oranges and lemons, I should be okay. “A burst of citrus can be lovely at the beginning (or end) of your day, and rest assured you're fine to buy these thick-skinned fruits in the non-organic aisle,” HuffingtonPost.com says.

Cherry tomatoes for salsa or salad are part of the 'Dirty Dozen' but the wonderful avocado — a party fave and crave at my casa — tops the 'Clean Fifteen.' Here is why, according to Huffington Post. “Thanks to their thick, scaly skin, the pesticides used on avocados don't make their way into the flesh we love in guacamole, in salads, or pretty much on anything.”

Onions used in the salsa and guacamole are also safe, but the spicy peppers are all part ofthe 'Dirty Dozen.' Good thing we are using our home-grown habanaros and jalapenos from our garden. Cilantro is not on either list, but growing my own is next on my gardening “bucket” list.

Now on to the meat. “Use of organic compounds on animals means that they are not fed antibiotics or growth hormones and that they are fed organic food,” the National Institute of Fitness and Sports explains.

ConsumerReports.org gives a high-to-medium priority level for both poultry and beef.

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