Do you often find yourself standing in front of organic and non-organic apples, scratching your head, unsure of whether or not you should splurge on the organic option? “Should I spend an extra dollar a pound for the organic apples? Is it even worth it? Am I getting any extra benefit for the extra buck?”
The quick and simple answer is a BIG YES!
I know some of you are skeptical about the truth of organic versus non-organic fruits and veggies. A website that I often follow and check for updates about food is the Environmental Working Group’s website or www.ewg.org. It is a group that works tirelessly to bring the power of information to the public. And that information is related to toxins, pesticides, and other things that may affect our health. It even has a section on Pet Health!
Here are some notable findings in EWG’s 2012 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce:
-Some 98 percent of conventional apples have detectable levels of pesticides.
-Domestic blueberries tested positive for 42 different pesticide residues.
-Seventy-eight different pesticides were found on lettuce samples.
-Every single nectarine USDA tested had measurable pesticide residues.
-As a category, grapes have more types of pesticides than any other fruit, with 64 different chemicals.
-Thirteen different pesticides were measured on a single sample each of celery and strawberries.
If this has not yet convinced you that there IS a benefit to spending a little bit more on organic produce, take a look at this photo I took of an organic sweet potato versus a non-organic sweet potato. You can tell the difference in color on the skin. The organic sweet potato is the larger one and its skin looks brighter and clearer.
Organic fruits and vegetables DO taste better, are crunchier, juicier, and most importantly, they are CLEANER and therefore, HEALTHIER. Onions, sweet corn, and pineapples are the cleanest naturally, so you don’t have to buy those organic. But apples, celery, and bell peppers you MUST buy organic because if not, you will be ingesting over 50 different pesticides! Blueberries and nectarine lovers out there listen up: those fruits you MUST buy organic!
Take a look at this list – EWG’s Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 and decide which fruits and vegetables you want to buy organic going forward.
Although it may cost you a little more, the extra money you spend buying organic fruits and veggies is an investment in your future health and the health of those you love whom you are grocery shopping for. You can cut corners in other areas in your life but not when it comes to your health or that of your loved ones! So go cheaper on yourself when it comes to buying clothes or take some money out of your recreation/travel budget and use that money to buy yourself some organic, fresh, clean produce!