A hotly debated topic in the food industry is about organic food. There are a lot of benefits to eating organic, but does the cost offset those benefits? You need to make the correct choices for you and your family.
Thanks to The Environmental Working Group (www.ewg.org) we have a list of the top 12 most contaminated foods and the top 15 least contaminated foods. My recommendation is if you are going to buy organic, the items on the most contaminated list should be organic. If cost isn’t necessarily an issue, try buying everything organic. To ease the cost, try adding in organic food slowly. Buy your fruits and veggies like normal, but try buying 2-3 of them organic. On the next trip, increase that amount to 4-5 until all of your fruit and veggies are organic.
12 Most Contaminated Foods:
- Nectarines (imported)
- Grapes (imported)
- Sweet bell peppers
- Blueberries (domestic)
- Kale/Collard Greens
15 Least Contaminated Foods:
- Sweet Peas
- Cantaloupe (domestic)
- Sweet Potatoes
There are some reasons that you may want to consider when going organic:
- Keeps chemicals off your plate and out of your food.
- Protects water quality. Remember the slogan, “We all live downhill”? Pesticides can pollute the water source for more than half the country’s population.
- Organic farmers work in harmony with nature. Can’t get any better than that!
- Flavor. The flavor tends to be better in organically grown product. Try it yourself. Try taste testing an organic and non-organic fruit side by side while blind folded. Which one tastes better?
- Help small farmers and local economy.
Now that you know some of the benefits of eating organic, decide for yourself if that’s what is best for you and your family.