When food is labelled "organic", it's a tricky thing to determine the meaning. But one thing to consider when shopping is skipping any kind of organic label for onions, avocados, and most other foods with a durable shell or peel.
Photo by Darwin Bell.
The editors of Men's Health post at the Slashfood blog on seven supermarket "rip-offs". Among them are onions and avocados, due to the basic nature of their consumption:
The Environmental Working Group, an organisation that studies pesticide contamination, ranks onions and avocados as the most pesticide-free vegetable and fruit, respectively-even when grown conventionally.
In fact, as a general rule, anything you have to peel before you eat (such as bananas or garlic, for example) is relatively low in pesticides. If you want to eat organic, splurge on produce with permeable or edible skin, such as peaches, lettuce, and apples.
Among other rip-offs reported by Men's Health: "Five-Hour Energy" (it's mostly just expensive caffeine), gluten-free baked goods (unless it's a medical issue) and tenderloin steak (rare, but not all that tasty).
7 Supermarket Rip-Offs [Slashfood]