There are many reasons you should purchase organic products at the grocery store. Foods with a USDA Organic label are not grown with chemical pesticides, genetically modified or treated with sewage or petroleum-based pesticides.
We have the best intentions at
the grocery store, but ultimately it comes down to a question of cost.
Many families cannot afford to purchase all organic produce. However,
you can make good choices that will help you avoid putting pesticides in
your body while saving money.
Just about anything with a
hard shell or skin will be relatively safe to buy non-organic. The foods
you need to look out for when trying to avoid pesticides are those with
high water content, such as berries, melons, just about all leafy
greens and celery.
Examples of Safe Foods
You're not the only one crying over onions. Onions are naturally
resistant to pests, so big-agriculture companies have no reason to dump
excess pesticides on onion crops. There is no evidence that organic
onions have more health benefits than traditionally grown onions.
These fatty, delicious fruits are great on salads, but they are not on
the menu of many insects. The avocado's thick skin helps shield them
from bugs, so this crop does not require a lot of pesticides. That skin
also prevents any chemicals that are used from getting to the green
center we all love to eat.
Coconut oil and water seem like they are at the top of every healthy
conscious person's list these days. The good news is this fruit's thick
outer shell is virtually impenetrable by pesticides. Several studies
have shown that hardly any pesticide residue is found in the majority of
coconut products. So, whether you eat the raw fruit, or put coconut oil
in your hair, there will likely be no nasty chemicals to deal with!
Go Organic or Go Home
These fruits are one of the most commonly contaminated non-organic
items on grocery store shelves. The reason apples are so heavy with
pesticides is that they are so difficult to grow without them. Fungus
and pests love them as much as you do because they are soft and rot
easily. If you must purchase non-organic apples, you can avoid some of
the pesticide residue by removing the peel, but you will also be
throwing away valuable nutrients and fiber.
Celery has one of the highest water contents of all vegetables. It is
easy to see why it would contain many pesticides. As the plant grows, it
soaks up huge amounts of water. Chemicals are suspended in the water
and then end up on your plate.
Tomatoes are another salad ingredient with high water content and a
fragile skin which pesticides have no trouble penetrating. The good news
is they are incredibly easy to grow. If you can't find suitable organic
tomatoes in your area, all you need is some quality organic seeds and
you'll be eating harvesting your own organic bounty in no time.
All Leafy Vegetables
Again as a result of the high water content, just about all leafy
vegetables are likely to contain relatively high levels of pesticides.
And since lettuces and spinach are the staple of most healthy salads,
best to budget to go organic with these greens.
get me wrong. If you can go organic with all your produce choices, then
do it. These tips apply to availability and budget. The good news is as
more and more people switch to organic foods, the prices are going down
and the selection is increasing.