In my previous post, I tackled one important topic that talks about the difference between “Natural” and “Organic”, if you are not sure about their difference yet then it is best to read the article. There are certain foods which are less recommended to buy organic and there are foods that are highly recommended to buy organic. I’ve done the hard part by collecting the best foods to buy organic, all you need to do is sit down and take note of these foods:
Foods to Buy Organic:
The outbreak of mad cow disease in 1990s gave organic beef a big boost, but standards are the same for all animals raised to be sold as organic. In my previous article, I have explained the reasons to buy organic meat. To summarize, organic meat it is 100% organic fed, animals are free-ranged, organic animals are not cannibals, no pesticides or fertilizers, and produces less waste.
Since milk and other dairy products are mostly given to children, parents are more convinced to buy organic. Non-organic dairy products can contain pesticides. While organic dairies give their cows feed made from grain growth without chemical fertilizers or pesticides. The avoidance of pesticides and fertilizers in the feed and in the pasture lessens the impact of the herd on the environment. Other dairy products which are highly recommended to buy organic are yogurt, ice cream, butter and cheese.
Just like dairy products, amounts of pesticides may pass from chickens to eggs, and from there, on to the many foods prepared with them. Organic eggs come from the birds that eat organic feeds and are not pumped up with growth hormone or dosed with antibiotics. Also, study shows that happy chickens lay better eggs. Organic eggs comes from free-range chickens that have access to a yard and not treated with chemicals. On the other hand, the color of the egg does not matter. White eggs come from white chickens and brown eggs come from brown chicken so you don’t have to limit your organic egg purchases. There are also some variety of organic eggs that are available nowadays like goose, quail, and ostrich eggs.
Who wouldn’t love to drink coffee? Almost everyone indulges to coffee as part of their daily consumption but the downside is, there are many reasons to stop drinking it because of the caffeine and many other chemicals occurrence. Well, here’s the news, there is what they call as Organic Coffee which is said to be healthier and recommended than conventional coffee. Here’s my article on choosing organic coffee and the best brands to choose from.
According to the Environment Working Group (EWG), peach is the no. 1 on their list of foods with the most and the highest concentration of pesticides. Even washing and peeling cannot remove all the pesticides from nonorganic peach. Contaminants in peaches are fungicides captan and iprodione, which have been linked to cancer. Other fruits that also have high level of pesticides and highly recommended to buy organic are apples, cherries, imported grapes, pears, strawberries, and red raspberries. It is also recommended to look for organic label when buying some fruit juice especially grape juice.
Potatoes is highly recommended to buy organic because conventionally-grown potatoes have one of the highest pesticide contents among fruits and veggies. The USDA discovered 81% of potatoes tested in 2006 contained pesticides even after washed and peeled.
In all its colorful varieties, nearly 50 different pesticides have been detected on conventionally-grown peppers. They are prone in insect infestation, so they’re subject to heavy sprayings of insecticides on the big commercial farms. Other veggies that show a high level of pesticide residue are celery, carrots, green beans, lettuce, spinach and tomatoes.
If you are purchasing baby foods, buying organic protects your baby from harmful pesticides, antibiotics, hormones and chemicals that can interfere with infant development. Because baby food is often made of condensed vegetables and fruits, the level of any chemicals found on the food is deepened. Get the list of the most trusted organic baby food brands here.
The list isn’t long and you probably don’t buy all of these items every single week. This list is meant to get you started on an organic diet. As your budget allows, it makes sense to make sure the items you buy the most of each week are also purchased organically grown. For the foods you don’t need to buy organic, here’s the list.