Choosing Organic Food

Sometimes the label of “organic” may be confusing, and the price tag on organic food can be shocking. So, what exactly does “organic” mean and why should you consider choosing organic food? I’ll help you decide what to spend the extra bucks on or grow yourself. Let’s get started! 

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Below is a list of food items, where choosing organic food may be a better option: 

  1. Apple: With more than 40 different pesticides detected, a normal apple is number one on our list. This might not be surprising as farmers spray various chemicals on them to keep them safe from insects and fungus threats. Switching over to the organic alternate is important as you use apple in a number of ways. Eat it; make apple juice and even apple sauce. So, switch over at the earliest.
  2. Cherry Tomatoes: With the most pesticides residue left over it, it ranks high on our systems. Here you have two alternatives; grow your own or buy organic cherry tomatoes from your local grocery. The choice is yours. Switching over is suggested.
  3. Cucumber: Although it is affected by 35 different pesticides, you can reduce the count by peeling off cucumber skin and eat it. However, this is not completely safe. If you are not willing to switch over for this product, peeling them is the only option. Also, keep them in closed safe containers after washing them thoroughly. If you are looking for good containers for your food items, here is a sears appliance coupon codes so that you buy in bulk and at a discounted price.
  4. Celery: One leafy green, on which pesticides can be detected easily. However, if you cannot find its organic alternative, you can include onions, radishes and broccoli in your mix. They are available in the local market and are better than infected celery.
  5. Peaches: Yet another tree fruit, which needs a replacement. If you want to have it, note that canned peaches are better than single-serving packs. Other fruits that can compensate the loss here are grapefruit, oranges, tangerines and watermelon.
  6. Potatoes: Finding a replacement for this product is easy but, at the same time, very difficult. The contrast is true. It is America’s favorite vegetable. So, you need a lot of courage to say bye-bye to it. A close alternate here is sweet potato if you do not want the organic potato keeping you healthy. Sweet potato is delicious and the pesticide residue here is less as compared to a normal potato.
  7. Sweet Bell Pepper: You love mixing the color variants in your dishes, especially pizza. But did you know that this vegetable has 50 different pesticides, hurting you slowly.
  8. Kale: Surprisingly, even Kale has not been spared by pests and is spreading diseases. In the recent times, tests have proved that a high amount of pesticide residue is found on it. If you are looking for other alternatives for it, broccoli, asparagus and cabbage can suit the need. However, it is better to opt for its organic source.

You may wonder if washing the foods listed above will remove the pesticide. Washing fruit and vegetables is an important step to reducing the amount of pesticide consumed. But it does not entirely remove the pesticide from the food, especially if the food has been treated heavily with pesticide.

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What Does “Organic” Mean?

In this article, I’m specifically talking about organic produce. The word “Organic” refers to the way fruits and vegetables are grown and handled.  Food labeled “organic” is required to meet certain criteria to be identified this way. It all boils down to the soil the food is grown in and the way the plants are treated for pests and fertilized.

Organic crops must be grown in soil that is deemed to be safe. Safe soil has not been treated with synthetic pesticide for the last three or more years. Organic growers are not allowed to use synthetic pesticides or fertilizer. You may be surprised to know that pesticide is allowed on organic produce. Only natural pesticides are allowed. There are actually many forms of pesticide that are derived from natural sources, these are deemed to be much safer for both the environment and consumer. Additionally, organic pesticide must be applied using clean equipment. Equipment can only be considered clean if it hasn’t been used to apply synthetic pesticide for the past three or more years.

To qualify for the label “organic”, farmers are not allowed to use Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).  GMO’s are plants created in a laboratory by gene splicing. GMO’s and their effects have not been thoroughly studied, so the risk of consuming GMO’s is highly unknown.

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Consider Choosing Organic Food

Organic fruit and veggies are delicious and healthy. By using natural methods to control pests and clean soil, organic farmers are growing healthier food. Organic farmers help keep the soil clean and reduce the amount of dangerous chemical run-off into our water supply.

It has been proven that synthetic pesticides can cause cancer and they have even been linked to diseases such as asthma, diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. asthma, diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. You can learn more about the impacts of pesticide use in my recent article. I was able to find a wealth of information regarding pesticides and their negative effects on this website: Beyond Pesticides. If you are looking for answers about pesticides, this is the best resource.

Make an effort to educate yourself and choose healthy options for your family. Growing a garden is fun and educational for a family. It can also save you money in the long run and bring you closer as a family! 

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Nicole is the owner, primary blogger and copy editor of Organic Sunshine. She has a passion for healthy, natural living and hopes to encourage others to live a similar lifestyle. Nicole has a bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration and over 10 years of experience working in Cancer Research. She's also an experienced content writer, producing high quality articles on a variety of topics for many online publications.

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Nicole is the owner, primary blogger and copy editor of Organic Sunshine. She has a passion for healthy, natural living and hopes to encourage others to live a similar lifestyle. Nicole has a bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration and over 10 years of experience working in Cancer Research. She's also an experienced content writer, producing high quality articles on a variety of topics for many online publications.

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