Buying organic products has become extremely popular recently. More Americans are buying organic now than ever before. Critics may call it a trend that will fade; but in most cases, it’s here to stay! While price is the main reason for consumers to hesitate on buying organic, confusion on which products to buy is the second main reason. You may not know what you should buy organic to better your health and when it’s ok to skip the organic label to save your money. To help you narrow the choices, we’ve compiled a list of the most important things to buy organic.
- Fruits with Edible Skins
Apples are regularly the top offenders for pesticides, especially in the skin which is the healthiest part to eat. A price perk to buying organic apples is that they have one of the lowest price differences between organic and nonorganic.
Berries have soft skin that is heavily exposed and unprotected. Internationally sourced blueberries actually have less contamination than those grown in America, and strawberries are difficult to wash pesticides from because of the crevices in their skin.
- Vegetables with Edible Skins
Leafy greens especially are highly susceptible to pesticides and are sprayed with the most highly toxic ones allowed to be used. If you aren’t buying them organic, they should be cooked before eaten.
Whether you consider tomatoes a fruit or a vegetable makes no difference to the nutritional impact of buying them organically. Organic tomatoes have almost double the concentration of healthy flavonoids compared to nonorganic.
Conventional cucumbers are coated in a wax that holds in pesticides and is impossible to wash off. Organic cucumbers not only omit the harmful pesticides but also omit the wax.
The average American eats about 142 pounds of potatoes a year, about a potato a day. Considering how many potatoes we consume in all their many forms and the fact that they contain more pesticides per weight to any other fruit or vegetable, it’s a simple decision to go organic.
Organic meat is not only hormone and antibiotic free but also the more humane option. Animals on organic farms are given more space, allowed to graze, fed natural feed, and generally live a happy, healthy life.
Beef is the most important meat to buy organic. Breast cancer is strongly connected to the hormones given to cattle. The USDA believes the antibiotics given to cows may lead to an antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the people consuming it.
- All-Purpose Cleaning Products
- Food and Water Containers
You don’t have to purchase every organic product on the market. Research the products you use the most often. If you live in an area where you have the option to buy locally, take advantage of it! Your choices today are building a better future for your family tomorrow.