We all want to provide the best and most nutritious food for our families, along with minimizing the toxins to which we are exposed. This raises the question: Should we buy organic?

Organic foods are  generally defined as those foods that are grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, irradiation, genetic engineering, and man-made pesticides (man-made pesticides are chemical agents made to kill insects, weeds, and fungal pests that damage crops). But just because a food is organic, it does not necessarily mean it is better. Studies have shown that organic foods are no more nutritious than non-organic foods. In fact, organic foods may carry a greater risk of microbiological contamination [i.e., bacteria and viruses] and naturally-occurring toxins. Furthermore, organic foods are most often more expensive than non- organic foods. Here are some things to consider when making the decision to buy organic or not.

Organic may be a good option for these foods which are commonly found to have more pesticides:

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Tomatoes

These fruits and vegetables are usually shown to have a low level of pesticide residue and so non-organic is an acceptable option:

  • Avocados
  • Corn on the cob
  • Onions
  • Pineapples
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit

Whether to buy organic or not is a personal choice. Whatever you decide to purchase, always be sure to thoroughly wash your fruits and vegetables to help remove pesticide residue and contaminants.

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