There has been much discussion recently about the benefits of organic foods. Some say they are worth your money and time, even if they require you to make trips to several grocery stores to get everything you want. Others say the body breaks down whatever you eat anyway, so saving money is more important....
Organic foods are worth it
There has been much discussion recently about the benefits of organic foods. Some say they are worth your money and time, even if they require you to make trips to several grocery stores to get everything you want. Others say the body breaks down whatever you eat anyway, so saving money is more important.
A recent study by the British Journal of Nutrition found organic foods to have more antioxidants and be more nutritionally sound than conventional foods.
Organic products are usually more expensive. And as it turns out, not all conventional foods are treated equally when it comes to the use of pesticides or hormones. There are some foods that are worth spending the money on because their conventional farming process requires a heavier dose of pesticides or hormone additives. If you are looking to make the shift to organic, but are deterred by the price tag and unsure where to start, consider the foods below:
Apples: Fruits typically have more pesticides than other farmed foods. According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, more pesticides are used on apples than any other fruit. In fact, 36 are used in all. While organic apples won't last as long after cutting them open, you can be sure they are a healthier bet.
Baby foods: It is important to feed babies with organic foods because their immune systems are not as developed, making them more vulnerable to chemicals and pesticides. If you are going to spend the money on organic food, do it for the little ones in your life. However, sometimes jars of organic baby food can be expensive. By purchasing organic fruits and veggies, you can blend your own baby food easily and be just as healthy.
Beef, butter and milk: These are all lumped into one category as they all are products derived from animals. Firstly, beef of all kinds relies on a significant amount of hormones, according to Health.com. These hormones have been correlated with an increase in chronic diseases across the country. Beef is also packed with antibiotics as well, which is leading to a dangerous increase in antibiotic resistance in humans. Make sure your beef is grass-fed and organic. It is for these reasons butter and milk should be organic too. Those hormones and antibiotics leave residuals in all beef animal products, even after they are broken down to milk and butter forms. If your mouth is watering for beef, organic is the way to go.
Cucumbers: Cucumbers are coated with a wax on the skin to keep them fresh and insect free. However, this wax is packed with chemicals and can stay even after washing. If you can't find organic cucumbers, make sure you peel the skin before eating.
Green beans: There are more than 60 pesticides used on green beans. While they aren't used all at once, this range of chemical use just shows how green bean cleanliness can vary. Don't take chances and buy organic green beans.
Spinach: The chemicals used in spinach can disrupt hormone functionality. By purchasing conventional spinach, you may be saving money, but you are doing yourself no favors in the long run - purchase organic and take in all the benefits of the green nutritious plant.
Strawberries: Strawberries contain up to 13 pesticides and since they have a bumpy surface area, these pesticides are hard to wash off. Many of the pesticides will seep into the strawberry through the seeds. Unlike a cucumber, which you can peel away the thick skin, strawberries are eaten with the skin on.
There are many other foods out there and as a rule, making the move to organic is a smart one. It doesn't have to be overnight, as organic foods are more expensive, but make the effort to slowly incorporate organics into your diet starting with the products listed above.