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Organic or Not?

Ok, here's the deal.  An abundance of people know that it's better for them to eat organic produce, meats & dairy, but they don't understand why, or it's just not economically feasible to do so.  Or, sometimes it's just not available in their area.

There are several benefits to eating organically that can be broken down into environmental and personal health reasons.  Below I've listed just a few of the personal health benefits of eating organic:

  1. Free of pesticides
  2. Free of chemicals
  3. Free of antibiotics
  4. Free of added hormones
  5. Free of GMO (genetically modified organisms) feed

      Are you waiting for the government to tell you this stuff is bad for you?

Good, Better & Best

According to the Environmental Working Group, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables far outweighs the risk of pesticide exposure.  So, if you can't afford organic, or it's not available in your area, don't forgo eating them out of fear of pesticide exposure.

The EWG has published a list of the Dirty Dozen (high pesticide exposure) and the Clean 15 (low amounts of pesticide exposure) which I've listed below.  So, if you can't buy 100% organic, 100% of the time, then use this guide to help you prioritize your produce purchases and try to at least buy the dirty dozen in organics.

Dirty Dozen   Clean 15
  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines (Imported)
  7. Grapes (Imported)
  8. Sweet Bell Peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries (Domestic)
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale/Collard Greens
 
  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapple
  4. Avocado
  5. Asparagus
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Mangoes
  8. Eggplant
  9. Cantalope (Domestic)
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cabbage
  12. Watermelon
  13. Sweet Potatoes
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Mushrooms