Smarter Organic Produce Purchasing
Fruits and vegetables are a vital part of any healthy diet! As consumers are becoming savvier about the benefits of a healthy diet, they are also becoming more aware that certain foods could contain pesticides, and so they hesitate. People want to make smart and healthy eating choices, but with so much conflicting information out there, it can be challenging, but read on…
I hope to clear up any confusion that you might have about making smart choices when it comes to your produce. When you’re shopping for produce, stores often will have two produce sections: one section is labeled as organic and the other is not. The difference between a fruit or vegetable that’s labeled as organic and one that isn’t is that the organic produce is grown without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers.
Chemical pesticides and fertilizers are full of toxic chemicals and even though you wash your produce before eating it, you cannot wash away all of the residue, meaning that when you eat produce, you end up eating pesticide residue. You don’t need us to tell you that pesticides, even in trace amounts, are not good for the human body.
Produce to Buy Organic
The question is what produce has the least amount of pesticides present and when, due to high pesticide content, should only be purchased when labeled as organic?
Due to high pesticide content and residue always buy these fruits and vegetables organic:
- Green Beans
- Kale and other Greens
- Sweet Bell Peppers
There are also a few new additions to the list here.
Now, these fruits and vegetables are generally okay to purchase and eat if not labeled as organic, because they have the lowest pesticide amounts either in or on them:
- Sweet Peas
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Potatoes
For those who are concerned about eating genetically modified (GMO) foods, GMO sweet corn is not required to be labeled as GMO in the United States. If you want to avoid the possibility of eating GMO corn, you should probably buy your sweet corn organic.
Whether you are raw, vegan, neither, or anything else, you can certainly benefit from including more fresh and raw vegetables into your diet.