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Organic vs. Conventional Foods Worth the Price?

A study says organic foods aren’t much better for your health than conventional foods, but our (non-scientific) survey found they generally cost more. Are they worth it to you?

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recent study found that organic foods are nutritionally almost identical to their non-organic doppelgangers, and have only a slightly reduced risk of containing pesticides. On the dairy aisle, for example, organic milk turned out to have no higher vitamin content than the non-organic variety and no difference in protein or fat. 
According to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, organic foods generally cost at least 25 percent more in Boston and San Francisco wholesale markets, and could even reach double the price.  In light of the study findings, we found the prices of some popular grocery items from Albertsons and Safeway, and broke down the cost so you can see how eating organic can affect your wallet.  As for if it’s worth it, that part is up to you.

Here there is almost a dollar difference if you buy a bag of organic carrots versus the regular kind.

Organic carrots: $2.49/lbs
Regular carrots: $1.50/lbs

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Source: Safeway.com

This cancer fighting power food will set you back around $.85 cents if you decide to go with organic tomatoes.

Organic hot house tomatoes: $1.85/each
Regular hot house tomato: $1/each

Organic Lettuce vs. Conventional Lettuce

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Source: Safeway.com

Lettuce is one of the dirty dozens so you might want to consider spending the thirty cents extra to ensure your salad doesn’t come with a side of pesticides.

Organic lettuce: $2.49/lbs

Regular lettuce: $2.19/lbs

Organic Gala Apples vs. Conventional Gala Apples

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Source: Safeway.com

Apples are another one of the most likely fruits to be pesticide-laden, so throw in an extra dime to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients out of this healthy treat and leaving out the bad stuff.

Organic gala apple: $1/each
Regular gala apple: $.88/each

Organic Green Grapes vs. Conventional Grapes

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Source: Albertsons.com

Grapes are another one of the “dirty dozen” fruits and vegetables likely to have pesticides, but for $1 more you can do your part to try to reduce the risk.

Organic green grapes: $2.99/lbs Regular green grapes: $1.99/lbs

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Source: Albertsons.com

Buying organic eggs will cost you around two bucks more per dozen than the cage-raised kind.

Organic brown eggs: $4.49/dozen
Regular: $2.49/dozen

Organic 2 Percent Milk vs. Conventional Milk

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Source: Safeway.com

Not much of a difference here—organic milk is just $.4 cents more on average.

Organic 2 percent milk: $.08/ounce
Regular 2 percent milk: $.04/ ounce

Organic Yogurt vs. Conventional Yogurt

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Source: Safeway.com

The organic stuff will cost you about a dime more.

Organic Yogurt (O Organics): $.18/ounce
Regular Yoplait Yogurt: $.08/ounce

Grains: Organic Bread vs. Conventional Bread

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Source: Safeway.com

Buying organic bread for $.10 cents more won’t break the bank.

Organic (Dave’s organic): $.22/ounce
Regular whole wheat bread: $.10/ounce

Organic Cereal vs. Conventional Cereal

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Source: Safeway.com

You can start off the day organic for $.17 cents more. Check out our roundup of the best cereals for weight loss.

Organic cereal (Natures Path Cereal Organic Flax Plus): $.34/ounce
Regular Cheerios: $.17/ounce

Meat: Organic Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast vs. Conventional Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast

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Source: Safeway.com

The biggest price difference in organic versus non organic foods we noticed was in the meat aisle. Organic chicken will cost you $2.50 more per pound.

Organic boneless, skinless chicken breast (O Organics): $8.99/lbs
Regular boneless, skinless chicken breast: $6.49/lbs

Organic Ground Beef vs. Conventional Ground Beef

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Source: Safeway.com<

If you want your burger organic, you’ll have to shell out about $5 more per pound.

Organic ground beef, 85 percent lean (Organic Prairie Ground Beef): $8.79/lbs
Regular ground beef, 80 percent lean: $3.49/lbs

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