A Guide to Buying Organic

We hear so much about Organic foods and for good reason they are higher in nutrients and vitamins thanks to the healthier soil they grow in, plus they don’t contain the same amount of toxins found in conventionally grown fruit and vegetables.

“..early results from the study showed that organic fruit and vegetables contained up to 40% more anti-oxidants than non-organic varieties.”

This is a quote taken from a 4 year research study undertaken in the UK. Now I am sure this is not the case for every piece of organic produce around it is clear that Organic foods do hold some benefit. Unfortunately organic foods can sometimes be less fresh than non-organics and are usually more expensive. So the answer really lies in being wise when buying organic and picking the foods which are most pesticide ridden and going organic in this area.

When we choose food that we eat it is essentially the only time we have a choice on which parts of the “world” we put inside ourselves. It is pretty obvious that what we consume has a direct impact on our energy, vitality and even thoughts. This is why I find it is important to at least try making the majority of what you eat Organic or of a similar high quality if you can, It is not essential and should not be something to base your eating habits upon just something to take into account when buying food. It maybe something as simple as shopping at your farmers market once a week instead of buying from your local mass retailer. This also means you are not only helping yourself eat a healthier more nutrient dense diet but you are helping the local community and ensuring the future of quality food in your area.

The Environmental Working Group have figured out a list of foods which are high in pesticides and should be bought organic when possible, the list includes:

  1. Celery
  2. Grapes
  3. Apples
  4. Potatoes
  5. Rasberries
  6. Strawberries
  7. Pears
  8. Peaches and Nectarines
  9. Bell Peppers
  10. Cherrys

What these all have in common is that they are thin skinned making them susceptible to pesticides meaning they contaminate easily. Whereas fruit and vegtables with a thick skin like avocados, sweet potatoes or corn are much more robust and are considered low pesticide food. I have included a link to the cheat sheet below for organic foods:

This can simply be printed out and folded in half and put in your wallet giving you instant access to what foods you should focus on while buying organically.

One tip to help rid foods of pesticides is to soak the fruit in a bowl of water with a dash of cider vinegar inside. I do this regularly in the summer with berries which are too expensive to be bought organic all the time. What I do is fill a bowl with cold water and add a few TBSPs of Apple Cider Vinegar and then add the berries, leave them to soak for a few hours before draining and rinsing thoroughly. This helps to some extent and is definitely the next best thing to buying organic.

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