Organic foods are not necessarily healthy (contrary to popular belief). Organic simply means pesticide free. Just because a food doesn’t have pesticides in it, doesn’t necessarily make it healthy. So, How does someone choose organic foods which are healthy? Here are some commonly asked questions to help you choose what organic foods to buy.
Why Buy Organic?
Some foods have higher pesticides than others. The FDA runs tests on the fruits and vegetables to determine what foods have more pesticide residue even after washing than other foods. These are the foods that are recommended people buy organic even on a tight budget. This will not only provide health for your family, but you will also be contributing towards protecting the environment your family lives in. Your children will breathe in less pesticides (because farmers will be encouraged to grow organic) and your future children will too. Pesticides are a known cause of cancer. So, Buying organic is good for us all.
What to Buy Organic
The dirty baker’s dozen list is a list of fruits and vegetables it is recommended to buy organic. The dirty dozen list is the following: apples, cherries, grapes, peaches, nectarines, pears, lettuce, strawberries, bell peppers, celery, bell peppers, potatoes and spinach. Other lists may vary slightly to include the following: Raspberries, Beef, Poultry or Dairy.
Here are the ratings the FDA gave the following fruits and vegetables after WASHING them.
Peaches are the worst culprit on the dirty dozen list. They received a 100 out of 100 (100%!) rating for harmful chemical residue from the FDA.
Apples were given a rating of 89. Plus, over 50% of the apples contained neurotoxins.
Bell Peppers had a rating of 86.
Celery had a rating of 85. It contained a combination of pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and other chemicals.
Nectarines received a rating of 84.
Strawberries were given a rating of 82.
Imported Grapes received a rating of 65 whereas domestic grapes only received a rating of 43 and where not bad enough to make the list. Another reason to buy in the United States.
Pears received a rating of 65.
Spinach was 60.
Lettuce received a rating of 59.
Potatoes received a rating of 58.
According to MSNBC, there is also a list of fruits and vegetables that is not necessary to buy organic because they do not generally include pesticide residue. My guess this is after washing, because I know Broccoli is sprayed with low amounts of pesticides when it is not grown organic. Here is the fruit list:Bananas, Kiwi, Mangos, and Pineapple. Here is the vegetable list: Asparagus, Avacado, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Onions and Pea.
Other Items to Buy Organic, Non-GMO
GMO stands for genetically modified. This means that growers have literally changed the DNA of what we eat. Therefore the Corn, Soybeans, Papaya and Sugar Beets you eat today are NOT the same Corn, Soybeans, Papaya and Sugar beets your grandparents ate. Organic standards include a standard that says growers MAY NOT grow genetically modified crops. Therefore, you can ensure that you are not eating genetically modified foods by buying organic for the following items: Corn, Soybeans, Papaya and Sugar Beets. Also according to Wikipedia, maybe rice.
This means I buy only organic corn. Also, remember to buy organic popcorn. I buy organic soymilk made by Silk. For awhile some of the Silk soymilk was not labeled organic, therefore, I check everytime I buy soymilk to make sure the packaging is labeled organic. If Silk ever stops making their soymilk organic, I dont want to buy it. I also don’t tend to buy papaya so this is not a problem. I also buy Pure Cane Sugar instead of Sugar made from Sugar Beets. You can buy organic sugar beet sugar, but this is not necessary. Simply pick up the sugar that is made from pure cane sugar instead of sugar beets. You will be ensuring the sugar is not genetically modified and it is the least expensive way to go.
I also do my best to avoid high fructose corn syrup in products. This is because the corn is genetically modified. Many sweet foods including Hershey’s syrup have this ingredient at the top of the list. I try to buy items with Sugar instead of corn syrup whenever possible because there is less likelyhood the product is made with genetically modified foods. I have written articles about Non-GMO foods, you can find them in my article archive if you would like more information.
No One Has Tested GMO foods before selling them to consumers
There have been no tests on genetically modified foods which is the main reason that the practice of selling them to the public is so troublesome. This is not only a problem for our health but what will genetically altered foods do to our environment. No one knows for sure.