When To Go Organic: 7 Foods That Count

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  • If you think it’s always a good idea to err on the side of buying organic, you’re right. Organic food is healthier. But going organic costs a lot, so if you’re like many others, you may only be able to afford this luxury in some cases. Luckily, certain foods are more important to purchase organically, since different foods contain different levels of pesticides. By being strategic in terms of choosing which organic foods to buy, you can save yourself from harmful chemicals without burning too big a hole in your wallet. Here are 7 foods where it would benefit you to go organic, since they contain high amounts of pesticides:

    1. Milk:

    Conventional milk contains artificial hormones, antibiotics, and pesticides. Levels of chemicals in organic milk are relatively low, and research has shown that it has more health benefits, such as Omega-3 fatty acids. Furthermore, the process of washing out hormones and antibiotics from conventional milk is far from perfect, so it’s a good idea to consider organic milk if you love your dairy.
  • 2. Apples: While apples are one of the most popular fruits in America, they also contain very high levels of pesticides. Additionally, the chemical residue that is left over is not easy to scrub off, and you don’t want to remove the apple’s skin or you will lose many of its nutritional benefits. Play it safe by going organic.
  • 3. Meat: When it comes to meat, research has shown that it’s much healthier to go organic. In one study, organic chicken had nearly 30 percent more Omega-3 fatty acids than non-organic chicken. Make sure that your beef comes from livestock that eats an organic diet, since grass-fed meat has a much higher content of vitamin E and CLA, which helps prevent cancer and also aids in weight loss. Also, by law, livestock on an organic farm cannot be given extraneous antibiotics or growth hormones.
  • 4. Potatoes: According to a study done by the Environmental Working Group, potatoes are one of the most pesticide-saturated vegetables out there. One study found that even after they had been washed and peeled, the vast majority of commercial potatoes still contained pesticides. Furthermore, USDA tests have shown that non-organic potatoes tend to contain over 35 pesticides. Organic potatoes are a great source of fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and manganese.
  • 5. Peanut butter: An easy and productive way to switch to organic is to start buying organic peanut butter. Almost all peanut farms use conventional farming practices, but organic peanut butter is made only with organic peanuts and salt. Conventional peanut butter has tons of added sugar.
  • 6. Ketchup: According to new research, organic ketchup has nearly twice the amount of antioxidants as conventional ketchup. Plus, organic ketchup is thought by many to have a better taste and more pleasant texture.
  • 7. Spinach And Greens: You don’t want to give up spinach, since it’s an excellent source of vitamins, protein, folate, iron, potassium, copper, and manganese. Unfortunately, leafy greens are very susceptible to pests, and it’s very hard to scrub all the pesticides off. In terms of contamination, spinach leads the pack with almost 50 different pesticides. To be safe, make sure to go organic when it comes to all lettuces and greens.