I certainly understand that the costs of organic seems like it’s just too much. But, there continues to be evidence that the extra dollars you spend on organic is worth the money. There have also been studies showing that the nutritional value of organic produce is higher, so, you may pay a little more but you are not only relieving your body from pesticides (poison), but, your body can cleanly digest additional nutrition.
Like many people it’s difficult to purchase all organic, but, I do my best and produce is an area where I purchase organic, as much as I can, particularly because sometimes I make fruit shakes and feel that all of the concentrated fruit I’m drinking should be the best if I’m to really give my body what it deserves.
Another reason, our ecosystems can use the break from pesticides and fertilizers, so you are doing one more ‘little’ step to help the planet.
Following is an article from Dr. Weil that discusses the 13 produce products that you should always buy organic because of their heavy pesticide (poison) load.
Eating fresh produce is the best way to obtain daily nutrients, but the pesticides used on many crops remain a major health concern. By choosing organic foods, you can reap the health benefits of fruits and vegetables without exposing yourself to potentially harmful chemicals.
Make sure you purchase only organic varieties of the produce listed below. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), common growing practices make these crops the most likely to contain pesticide residues:
The following “Dirty Dozen Plus” had the highest pesticide load, making them the most important to buy organic versions – or to grow them organically yourself:
- Sweet bell peppers
- Nectarines (imported)
- Blueberries (domestic)
Plus these which may contain organophosphate insecticides, which EWG characterizes as “highly toxic” and of special concern:
- Green beans
- Kale/collard greens