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Why Buy Organic Foods?

organic foodsThere are numerous reasons why you should buy organic foods. Besides being better for the environment, organic foods are healthier as compared to non-organic ones. By definition, organic foods are grown without using chemicals/pesticides, meaning that if you consume organic products you are less likely to suffer from health complications that may result from the chemicals/pesticides used in non-organic foods.

Benefits of Organic Food

According to a four-year study into organic food in the EU, organic food was found to be more nutritious than conventionally grown products, and they can help in improving your health as well as longevity. This study makes a very significant impact because its findings may change certain misconceptions which propose that consuming organic food is just a lifestyle choice.

For instance, this study established that organic vegetables and fruits contain approximately 40% more antioxidants than non-organic vegetables and fruits. In addition, the study also established that organic vegetables and fruits contain higher concentrations of beneficial minerals like iron and zinc.

Besides the fact that organic foods contains higher quantities of vital nutrients, they are lower in other pesticide compounds and residues that can be seriously detrimental to your health. Certain foods contain more chemicals/pesticides than others, and as food prices continue to rise, you should be looking at how you can purchase the healthiest foods at the lowest cost possible.

One way you can achieve this is by focusing on buying just particular organic foods.

List of Organic Foods to Buy

Here is a list of foods to buy organic as much as possible. If you cannot afford to buy them organic, avoiding them or dramatically reducing their consumption is recommended. This is because non-organic versions of these foods contain much more chemicals or pesticides than organic versions.

  • Meat (and other animal byproducts including eggs, butter, and milk)

Organic meat does not contain antibiotics and other growth hormones. In conventionally raised animals, these drugs and other pesticides tend to accumulate MORE compared to even conventionally grown vegetables or fruits. So when you eat conventional meat, you are most likely ingesting antibiotics, growth hormones, and pesticides. Check out organic meat at your local supermarket or online stores; nowadays some of the prices are not much different from conventional meat!

  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Cherries
  • Lettuce
  • Grapes
  • Pears
  • Spinach
  • Potatoes
  • Cucumbers

Which Conventional Foods are Safest

So now you may wonder, what can I eat non-organic/conventional? Below are the safest conventionally grown foods you can eat.

  • Onions
  • Brocoli
  • Avocado
  • Pineapple
  • Banana
  • Cabbage
  • Asparagus
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Sweet peas
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Watermelon

What about the rest of the hundreds of foods not on either list? Given what has been shown about organic foods, buying organic as much as possible would probably be ideal. However for most people, buying everything organic is unrealistic due to the high cost of many organic foods; one reason Whole Foods is often called “Whole Paycheck”!

One advice is to stick to organic for the foods on the first list, and for the rest, if you can afford it, buy organic; otherwise don’t worry about it too much. Eating conventional vegetables (not on the first list) is still better than not eating vegetables at all.

If you are to choose one thing to buy organic, starting with meat, eggs, butter, and milk is recommended, so that you can avoid ingesting harmful drugs.