Do I go Organic or Not? And If So, How?
First of all, how do organic foods fare on nutritional content levels as compared to their non-organic counterparts?
Research from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that among 50 studies that they analyzed, both organic and non-organic foods have similar macro nutrient content in both crops and animals.
However, sources from other journals show that organic food does have other valuable nutrients like antioxidants and vitamins which were higher than conventional foods.
Before deciding whether to go organic or not, lets look at what the term ‘organic’ actually mean and compare that with ‘non-GMO’.
What is the difference? If a fruit is organic, does that mean it is not genetically modified? It is time to make this well-defined so that you can make smarter food choices when buying groceries.
Many food labels and advertisements now make it extremely confusing for the average consumer in supermarkets. We recommend going for real whole foods, whenever possible and skip packaged foods. In addition, consider the amount of herbicides being sprayed on the main areas of the fruit and vegetables that we eat and how foods have become modified by scientists.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a non-profit organization that is working actively to protect us against harmful environments and materials. Every year, they release a list of the most contaminated and least contaminated foods, to help people like you and me make safer affordable choices on our food. About 50 fruits and vegetables are tested for the amount of pesticides being sprayed onto the crops and ranked accordingly.
Many of you would know that organic and non-GMO foods tend to cost more. However, referring to the EWG’s list of Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen, you would be able to buy your favorite fruits and vegetables and know which ones to get organic, whilst foregoing others for non-organic versions, thus enabling you to get organic food on a budget.
Other options to going organic without blowing your wallet:
Support local small farms
Grow it Yourself
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