To buy or not to buy organic: What you should know

Valerie Lego shows us how to save a few pennies when buying organic

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Eating healthy means eating more fruits and vegetables -- and sometimes that brings up the question whether or not to buy organic.

Many times they can be more expensive, so here’s how you can be sure you're getting what you pay for.

When it comes to fruit and veggies, go organic if you'll be eating the skin. Like tomatoes, strawberries and cucumbers.

But if you're going to be peeling off the skin like with bananas and carrots, you may want to think twice because you're peeling off the part where most of pesticides are. There will still be some, but considerably less after you peel them.

Keep in mind, there has yet to be a study that proves eating organic is better for you. So it really does come down to preference.

How do you really know that the food you’re buying is organic? You want to look for the USDA label on your food packaging.

The USDA developed strict labeling rules to help you know what you're buying is at least 95 percent organic. It's an $11,000 fine if a product is using the label but it is not organic.

If the product is labeled natural, it is not the same as organic. Those words are not interchangeable.

You may find other terms on food labels, free-range and hormone-free. But those terms do not fall under the USDA's organic certification standards.

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Follow Health Reporter Valerie Lego on Twitter @valerielego. Got a health story? Email her: vallego@wzzm13.com.

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