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Going Organic 101

By Triton Barns

Being budget conscious shouldn’t mean that you have to sacrifice good, healthy foods. Sadly, many times you can find processed foods for much cheaper than organically grown products. This presents a long-standing argument – “Is it really that much healthier to eat organic foods?”

In a nutshell, organic foods aren’t exposed to pesticides like conventionally grown foods are. Some that are conventionally grown are extensively sprayed with pesticides, which at times are known to lead to significant health concerns. The problem is that the residue left from these pesticides can’t even be removed by washing the fruits and veggies.

Many studies have been done to prove that organically grown food is better for you than conventional methods. A review of 30 people by MEDLINE showed that organically grown food contains higher protein, higher amounts of Vitamin C, and a higher concentration of certain minerals.

The decision to “go organic” can be a gradual transition. To start, here are some things to consider next time you go shopping:

Meat – If you’re a meat eater, it’s much more important to purchase organic animal products, rather than organic fruits and vegetables. For example, corn-fed beef has five times the level of pesticides as conventionally grown vegetables. And, certain types of meat are often enhanced with hormones to increase the animal’s size and help it grow faster. Bottom line: When you’re making the transition, focus on meats first.

Vegetables. Many vegetables are sprayed with pesticides during their growth period – but for some, it’s just not worth the extra cost to buy organic because the effects aren’t bad. The Environmental Working Group publishes a list each year of the most highly sprayed vegetables and fruits. This is to help keep us aware of what to purchase. Be sure to put these on your list of organic purchases when you go shopping: Apples, cherries, strawberries, peaches, grapes, celery, lettuce, pears, bell peppers, onions, asparagus, and cabbage.

On the other hand, there are several fruits and vegetables where organic doesn’t really matter. Asparagus, cauliflower, bananas, mangoes, pineapples, and onions have significantly less traces of pesticides on them; maybe because of their thick skin.

All-natural vs. organic. Know that many foods are labeled “all-natural” but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re organic. The term “All-natural” simply means they don’t contain artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. Still, they may have been exposed to fertilizer or pesticides during their growth period.

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