Which Foods Should You Buy Organic?

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More and more people are concerned with living a healthier lifestyle. They want to incorporate good healthy food into their diets. The best way to improve your eating habits and your health is to eliminate as much as possible foods containing harmful additives and foods which have been genetically modified. This includes most processed foods.

A better way to eat is to include as many organic foods as possible in your lifestyle. Purchasing organic food products can be expensive. If you want to avoid pesticides these are some foods which should be purchased organically if at all possible. These foods used to be called the “Dirty Dozen” because they contain the most pesticide residue. This year the dirty dozen list has been expanded to include a few more items,

The list is updated annually by the Environmental Working Group and is detailed in annual “Shoppers Guide To Pesticides In Produce”.

Included at the top of the dirty dozen list are apples. A large majority of apples are contaminated with a chemical commonly referred to as DPA which makes the apple skin attractive and prevents spotting.

Leafy greens may have some trace levels of pesticides which can harm our nervous system so you may want to go organic with leafy greens.

Other produce on the dirty dozen list include (in addition to apples and leafy greens) celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, peaches, potatoes, snap peas, strawberries, sweet bell peppers, nectarines and hot peppers.

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There are also some produce considered clean and these include asparagus, avocados, cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower, eggplant, grapefruit, kiwi, mangoes, onions, papayas, pineapple, sweet corn, and sweet potatoes. You can save some money if you purchase these clean produce non-organic. These foods are cleaner than the others and contain the least amount of toxins even if though they may have been treated with some toxins. Even if a food is considered clean it does not mean it has not be genetically modified. The only way you know a food has no GMO is if the food is certified organic.

When you are eating conventional meats or farm raised fish or caged poultry you are probably eating steroids, antibiotics, hormones and other harmful additives. When purchasing meat, fish or poultry look for organic, grass fed or pasture raised meat, free range poultry and wild fish. Many farms now specialize in drug free organically raised livestock.

When a food is certified organic it means all the ingredients in the product are organic. When meat, fish, dairy or poultry is label organic it means the food is from animals that have not been treated with growth hormones or antibiotics.

If a product is simply labeled made with organic ingredients it means a percentage of all the ingredients are organic, but not all the ingredients. These types of products may contain some additives and do not have the USDA organic seal.

Some of your food stores have incorporated a line of their own organic foods. If a product displays the USDA certified organic seal you know it does not contain harmful additives and is a natural more healthy choice for you to eat.