ORGANIC FOOD 101

Written By: Sarah Gogarty & SGO Fitness

Just how important is it to choose organic foods over the rest?  The argument is that organic foods are more healthy than non-organic.  But because many factors influence the nutritional value of foods, it isn’t actually possible to conduct a control study to prove this.  However, the bottom line is, “Organic foods are spared the application of potentially harmful long-lasting insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers.” (Janet Little, “Treat Your Baby Naturally”) Perhaps more worrisome are the studies that have shown that chemical exposure can have negative impacts in the womb and on developing children.  This is partly because pound for pound exposure to a child is greater than that of an adult.  But also because the blood-brain barrier and lymphatic system of children is not fully developed yet, allowing for more exposure to the organ’s and systems.

Knowing these the potential risks, some of us decide to avoid chemically treated foods by going Organic.  But Organic foods can be expensive.  And perhaps you aren’t quite fully convinced that non-organic foods are harmful.  Well here’s a list from Sprouts Farmers Market of the top 12 most & least contaminated fruits & vegetables from pesticides to help you decide what might be worth spending a little more on during your next Grocery Shop.

 

Top 12 MOST contaminated fruits & vegetables:

Strawberries

Peppers

Spinach

Cherries (US)

Celery

Apples

Raspberries

Grapes (Chile)

Nectarines

Peaches

Pears

Potatoes

 

Top 12 LEAST contaminated fruits & vegetables:

Asparagus

Avocado

Bananas

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Sweet Corn

Kiwis

Mangoes

Onions

Papaya

Peas

Pineapple

Janet Little, CN and Sprouts Farmers Market presentation “Treat Your Baby Naturally” Parkway Plaza, Westfield Mall on 08/24/2011

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