According to Jodi Greebel, a registered dietitian and school and camp nutrition consultant with Citrition, white pasta does not need to be organic because it is so highly processed that the outer layers of the wheat—the part that pesticides adhere to—are stripped off, making pesticide residue of little concern.
Macaroni and cheese that is organic
Going organic for peanut butter is a good idea, but Greebel advises saving money on seed butter. "Sunflower seeds, for example, do not typically have as high a pesticide residue," she explains.
Seed butters that are organic
Lollipops, like most candies, are essentially sugar, and organic sugar is no better for your health than regular sugar, according to Shari Portnoy, a registered dietitian.
Greebel believes that the thick, prickly skin that makes it difficult to get into this sweet fruit helps keep pesticides out.
According to Jennifer Lease, a registered dietitian nutritionist and chef, when it comes to getting the most bang for your buck, sourcing and quality are far more important than whether or not it's organic.
Organic olive oil
Organic bananas are frequently only a few cents more per pound than conventional bananas, so it's tempting to think, "Better safe than sorry."
If you see the word "organic" on a fish or seafood label, be cautious because there is no official standard for organic seafood, rendering the term meaningless in this case, according to Lease.