Is Buying Organic Produce Worth The Price?

April 10, 2017


Although organic foods have come down in price, they are still generally more expensive.  The benefits of organic food is they're farmed without the use of chemical-based pesticides.  But not all organic foods are equal and in many cases, you can buy the non-organic farmed versions and still get the benefits of its pricier cousin because not as much pesticides are used in its farming.  In short, there are 12 types of produce that generally contain the highest level of pesticide residue.  These "dirty dozen" are Strawberries, Apples, Tomatoes, Spinach, Pears, Peppers, Nectarines, Cherries, Potatoes, Grapes, Celery and Peppers. These foods you should choose the organic versions.  However there are produce that generally have the lowest levels of pesticide residues.  They are Onions, Mango, Cauliflower, Avocados, Peas, Grapefruit, Pineapple, Papaya, Melons, Cabbage, Asparagus and Kiwi.  Nutritionist are quick to remind shoppers that even produce that generally have higher uses of pesticides, the levels of toxins are well below the safety limits and unlikely to cause harm.  Rinsing all produce with water can go a long way in making sure you are eating clean.  But remember that organic doesn't necessarily mean healthy.  There are many sodas, potato chips and ice cream may all be organic but they still have lots of calories, salt, sugar and processing.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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