Thursday, January 7, 2010

Is It Necessary to Buy Organic??


It is not "required" nor "necessary" for everything that you are eating to be organic when you are trying to lose weight, maintain your current weight, or for your overall healthy lifestyle. Most people choose organics because they are pesticide free and non-processed.

With pesticides if you are peeling these fruits that eliminates much of the exposure that can come from non-organics, (but not all).

Instead of buying organic, buy seasonal vegetables, freeze them and stock up.  Sometimes buying from a farmers market will help also because although their products may not specifically say "organic", many times because getting the USDA certification for organic products is a rather expensive process, they do not call them "organic" per se, but they essentially are in nature.

Some products the reward for getting organic is too beneficial to ignore.  These products are:

Apples, Bell Peppers, Cherries, Peaches, Carrots, Nectarines, Lettuce, Pears, Strawberries

The products that are OK to buy Conventional are:

Asparagus, Avacados, Sweet Peas, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kiwifruit, Eggplant, Mangoes, Onions Papaya, Pineapple, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, Watermelon.

A good rule of thumb is any fruit/vegetable with an outer shell isn't "necessarily" more beneficial to get organic.  It doesn't prevent the pesticides, but it dramatically reduces the exposure.  Use this the next time you are at the grocery store.


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