To Buy or Not To Buy: Organic is the Question

Although organic is often more expensive, it’s also healthier—you won’t find “toxic chemicals” in most organic selections. I shop at local farmers markets, but keep in mind that most grocery stores, and even Wal-Mart food centers, now have many organic food options at affordable prices.

What’s more, to avoid the unwanted antibiotics and growth hormones found in animal products these days, I buy all of my meat and dairy products from organic sources. To avoid pesticides I buy all “exposed” fruits and vegetables organically, as well. I do, however, buy fruits and vegetables that are protected by an exterior barrier like a peel, rind, or husk from the local grocery store if they’re more economical. (Sometimes the prices are very similar through a delivery service that I use)

A non-profit group called The Environmental Working Group releases an annual report of the fruits and vegetables that are most likely to contain pesticides. They dubbed this group the “dirty dozen” and collect their information from more than 87,000 government tests. The most recent report shows that peaches top the list for most pesticides. Others include: apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, nectarines, strawberries, kale, lettuce, imported grapes, carrots, and pears. So be sure to buy these produce items organically.

On the other hand, the 15 fruits and vegetables that are least likely to contain pesticide residue include: onion, avocado, sweet corn, pineapple, mango, asparagus, sweet peas, kiwi, eggplant, papaya, watermelon, broccoli, tomato, sweet potato, and cabbage.

You can save money by purchasing these items at a regular grocery store, if need be. You don’t need to buy the organic versions.

If your local organic markets are too expensive for your budget, don’t despair. As a general rule, make sure to avoid purchasing a lot of processed foods and take care to thoroughly wash your fruits and vegetables. The important thing is to surround yourself with high-quality foods to nourish (not addict) your transforming body.

What are your options for buying organic foods in your area? Please let me know below in the comments.

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