Have you ever wondered if buying organic in the produce isle is worth it? Unless you live under a rock, I am quite certain most people are aware of the substantial price difference between organic and conventional foods. So, is the price justifiable?
As with most things in nutrition, there isn’t necessarily a right or wrong answer to this question. You need to use what works for you, and your family. If you’re already buying a fully or partially organic diet, then by no means am I here to tell you to stop. However, is it necessary to buy all organic fruits and vegetables? Probably not.
My recommendation is to just eat more fruits and vegetables whenever possible! However you have to get there (organic, conventional, frozen, low sodium canned, or garden grown) is all fine by me, and mixing it up is completely acceptable as well. As long as half your plate is filled with a variety of colors of produce, it’s really not necessary to eat organic.
By giving your produce a thorough wash, you can remove any pesticides that may have been used during the growing process. The nutrition content is going to be the same regardless. (Although, please note, there are differences between fresh vs frozen vs canned.)
Now, if you are interested in purchasing anything organic, or if you are currently purchasing some organic foods, then something I recommend you consider is the “dirty dozen.”
These are items where you are eating the skin (or the part that comes in contact with the earth/fertilizer.) It can be difficult to remove all the pesticides and residue from these items, so some people believe if you are going to buy organic, then these are the best ones to start with. The dirty dozen are:
- Kale and Collards
- Bell Peppers
What are your thoughts on organic? Are there things besides fruits and vegetables that you consider buying organic? Leave any questions or comments in the comment section below!