Choose organic whenever possible. That's my professional advice. Why? Less chemical exposure for you and the environment.
Why organic foods are better for the environment:
Why organic foods are better for you:
You'll eat fewer chemicals in smaller quantities! When you eat conventionally raised cows, pigs, chickens, eggs, and dairy products, you may also be eating:
Why am I stressing the importance of eating organic animal products more than organic fruits and vegetables?
If you feel you can't go organic because the cost is prohibitive or availability is scarce, you can always:
When you eat conventional produce...
...you still risk ingesting a mouthful of herbicides and pesticides. Yuck again! What a great reason to start your own organic vegetable garden!
If you can't always afford organic produce, make an effort to prioritize these organic fruits and vegetables. They have higher pesticide residues than other produce.
Are organic foods really more nutritious than conventional?
Here's what the government says:
Organic food differs from conventionally produced food in the way it is grown, handled, and processed. The USDA makes no claims that organically produced food is safer or more nutritious than conventionally produced food.
The nutrition professional in me believes the answer to be yes...
...but there just aren't enough well done studies to prove it yet. It has been suggested however, that when plants aren't sprayed with chemicals to stave off bugs and weeds, they naturally increase their own defenses to fend them off on their own. Their own defenses include increased production of antioxidants...
...the nutrition components you've probably heard you need to get more of! So organic produce just may be more nutritious than its conventional counterparts. And it seems pretty obvious that eating fewer pesticides would make for healthier eating.
Animal feeding experiments indicate that animal health and reproductive performance are slightly improved when organically fed. A similar finding has not yet been identified in humans (because who wants to be a guinea pig in such an experiment?), but why wait until the jury is in?
It just makes sense to choose organic foods as often as possible. Not only will you limit your exposure to dangerous and potential cancer causing chemicals, you just may be boosting the nutritional value of your diet as well.
What does "organic" mean?
When nutrition labels claim, "100% Organic":
When nutrition labels claim simply, "Organic"
When nutrition labels claim, "Made With Organic Ingredients"
At least 70% of the ingredients are organic.
Now you know!
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