It is always, always worth it to buy organic produce. Always.
Buying organic fruits and veggies is always recommended. They are cleaner, safer, and better for you, period. They aren’t laced with poisons or waxes to make them shinier or bathed in chemicals to "protect" them. They are real food, they way nature intended, and the way your DNA understands them to be.
(We are assuming they are not Genetically Modified, of course, but always make sure your organic fruits and veggies are non-GMO by checking the bar code.)
The Dirty List.
When buying fruits and veggies, these are the most contaminated and the ones that sponge up those yucky pesticides and chemicals the most, so you MUST buy these organic:
(In order of most contaminated)
8. Bell peppers
12. Kale/Collard greens
When it comes to grapes and apples, if you can’t buy organic, don’t eat these at all — their skin may have been completely permeated by toxic sprays and there’s no way around it. Yikes.
A side note:
In terms of organic food products, like crackers, oils, cosmetics or anything else a company may have slapped an “organic” or “all natural” label on, pay attention to the ingredients. Do you know what they are? Are they all organic? Can you pronounce them? The FDA standards are wishy-washy and it has been reported that only 70% of a product must be organic in order to quality for their organic FDA label. BE CAREFUL. Look for the product with the most certified organic labels if you have a choice, and know that there are many organizations that test the quality of organic foods. For example, the USDA has higher standards than the FDA, and the Quality Assurance International Label is the best of the best in terms of rating cleanliness.
Organic isn’t always possible though. You might not be able to find them, you might be on a budget, you might live in an area where they aren’t available, or they might be out of stock at the moment.
I have a solution!
Introducing The Clean List.
There are some goodies with a thicker skin, a better resistance to absorbing chemicals, and who are less permeable. Produce that has been shown to be lowest in pesticides (and you can get away with buying non-organic if you must) includes:
Write these down and take the list shopping with you. Again, Organic does not mean non-GMO, so make sure to pay attention to purchasing non modified foods too. Organic is one huge step in the right direction though. Huge. Buy clean foods to ensure you keep a clean body. Your body cannot rid itself of all of the toxins we come into contact with and unknowingly introduce into our bodies, and a lot of these chemical toxins are new and our body does not recognize them. Not recognizing them means your body doesn’t know what to do with them, and cant process or get rid of them, so they get stored. Where you ask? In your tissues, where they develop into disease, or in your fat, where they keep you fat. (Which is the reason your body holds onto fat cells in the first place, to protect itself from toxins by storing them there so they stay out of your tissues. Lose the toxins, and your body loses its protection mechanism, fat cells, because it no longer needs it.)
Choose Organic fruits and veggies. It’s better for you, it’s better for your insides, it’s better for your mood, it’s better for the environment, it’s better for the farmer, and it’s better on your budget. (if you think organic is expensive, try getting really, really sick.)
Take care of body, it is the only place you have to live!
Wishing you the best in health.