Most important foods to buy organic

By Email author - Wed, 31 Aug 2011 11:30:00 GMT
Most important foods to buy organic

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If you would like to "go green" and buy all organic foods, it may be that your aspirations are bigger than your budget. Here are 15 foods that are definitely worth buying organic.

At the top of the list are meat, dairy and eggs. When bought organic, these three foods are free of antibiotics, pesticides, and added growth hormones.

Animals that are raised organically feed on a diet that is free of pesticides and fertilizers, which is healthier for you and the animal itself.

Certain fruits and vegetables retain high levels of pesticides even after they have been washed and are therefore high on the "purchase organic" list.

Fruits like peaches and nectarines, grapes, and even bell peppers, have thin permeable skins that easily absorb pesticides and should always be bought organic.

Apples also test consistently high for pesticides, ranking the second highest for contamination. Celery lacks a protective skin altogether.

Strawberries, by their very nature, must be heavily treated with pesticides and keep in mind that when they are purchased in the off season they probably originate in countries that have few (if any) pesticide regulations.

Other foods to buy organically due to pesticides and sometimes fungicides are potatoes, cherries, pears, lettuce and spinach.

In addition to the aforementioned 15 foods, coffee, baby foods and juices are also top buy-organic foods. Coffee farms are heavily dependent upon pesticides and herbicides and coffee is often grown in areas of the world where harmful chemicals have no restrictions.

When it comes to baby foods and juices, you only want your little one consuming the purest of substances. Whether you buy baby food or make it yourself, buy organic items if at all possible, especially if the food is made out of the fruits and vegetables mentioned above.

In addition to being healthier for your body, organic foods are easier on the environment. The omission of pesticides means healthier water, soil and wildlife. In addition, most of your organic purchases support and sustain small farmers, which is good for our local communities.

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