Saturday, March 17, 2012

Are You Ready To Go Organic?


A large struggle for American families these days is finding a balance between eating healthy and staying on a budget. In a perfect world, we would buy all of our food “farm fresh” and or organic. Unfortunately, organic food is still a little more expensive (although the price is continually dropping) or even unavailable in some places. If it is too expensive or too hard to switch to total organic, just switch to the organic foods known to be lowest in pesticide levels.
 
The following is a list of fruits and vegetables found to contain the least amount of pesticides.
 
·       Asparagus
·       Avocados
·       Bananas
·       Broccoli
·       Cauliflower
·       Corn (However, almost all corn is genetically modified)
·       Kiwi
·   Mangoes
·  Onions
·   Papaya
·       Pineapples
·    Sweet Peas



The following is a list of traditionally high pesticide foods. It is recommended when buying these foods to buy organic. This list is based on information and studies by the United States Department of Agriculture, Consumer Reports, and the Environmental Working Group.

1.    Nectarines – 97.3% of nectarines sampled were found to contain pesticides.
2.    Celery – 94.5% of celery sampled were found to contain pesticides.
3.    Pears – 94.4% of pears sampled were found to contain pesticides.
4.    Peaches – 93.7% of peaches sampled were found to contain pesticides.
5.    Apples – 91% of apples sampled were found to contain pesticides.
6.    Cherries – 91% of cherries sampled were found to contain pesticides.
7.    Strawberries – 90% of strawberries sampled were found to contain pesticides.
8.    Grapes – 86% of grapes sampled were found to contain pesticides.
9.    Spinach – 83.4% of spinach sampled were found to contain pesticides.
10. Potatoes – 79.3% of potatoes sampled were found to contain pesticides.
11. Bell Peppers – 68% of bell peppers sampled were found to contain pesticides.
12. Red Raspberries – 59% of red raspberries sampled were found to contain pesticides.



Another option to explore when trying to keep your organic food cost down and your health up, is to look into your local farmers markets or food co-ops. The benefits of these programs are:
  1. Fresh organic vegetables all summer long!
  2. Variety. You receive a weekly share of fruits and vegetables that have just been harvested.
  3. You are supporting a local farmers and small business in your community.
  4. It’s affordable and you are not paying the premium for the over head of a large grocer.
One great additional benefit of reaching a healthy weight in regards to organic foods is, “when a body’s working well, it needs less food. Let’s do the numbers. Say you spend $100 a week for food right now. Once your body wants less to eat, you can spend the same amount, but you will be able to buy higher quality food”.
So with Spring approaching get healthy, keep it local and go organic affordably!





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