Tips To Choosing Organic Fruits and Vegetables
Organic grapes? Non Organic grapes? Which ones to choose? Why should you choose between organic fruits and vegetables and non organic ones? Here are some tips to choosing organic fruits and vegetables.
I can’t afford to buy organic is another of way of saying I do not care about my health or my kids’ health. Organic is NOT just a trend. It is a way of living.
A long time ago, fruits and vegetables were referred to by their names rather than organic or non organic because humans practiced traditional farming or forest gardening. Then the pesticides and harmful fertilizers were introduced. We got greedy, we didn’t care about our well being and began harming the fruits and vegetables. So now, we have to differentiate between fruits and veggies grown the “old fashion” way and the ones sprayed with tons of chemicals. The ones treated with chemicals and harmful substances look pretty and have a nice color but they don’t taste delicious. You don’t believe me?? Please try it for yourself!
Try an organic strawberry and a non organic one. Taste the difference? They look, smell and taste different.
Organic fruits and vegetables contain more antioxidants and more nutrients per serving hence the body needs less organic servings per meal. So eating one organic apple is more beneficial to the body than eating three non organic ones, let’s say. Organic produce is more expensive than conventional. YOU ARE SO RIGHT BUT You can do something about it !! Buy more organic and it will get less expensive than it is now. The good news is that organic is becoming more in demand since all major grocery stores have their organic brands such as Safeway, Stater Bros, Albertson’s, Target and Walmart. So keep buying organic whenever you can. Conventional fruits and vegetables contain pesticides residue that is harmful to the body. So in my opinion, always choose organic, when you can. Isn’t it better to buy organic fruits and vegetables now to avoid harmful pesticides and save on doctor’s bills and medication later? Pesticides kill pests right? But what happens when you ingest them? They also kill the good bacteria “gut flora” that’s needed for a good digestive system ( which is also most of your immune system.) So organic strawberries cost 4.99 ( look for sales-I bought them last week for 2.98) and conventional ones cost 2.99 so you are saving 2.00$ right? Doctor’s copay is at least 15-30$ right? Any medication ( even if you have the awesomest health insurance) is at least 20$. So why not save yourself some money in the long run? Instead of saying I can’t afford to buy organic, find ways to buy organic fruits and vegetables.
However, if you insist that you still cannot afford organic, take a look at these tips:
- Visit your farmer’s market, check with them if they grow their produce organically and buy from them. Their fruits and vegetables cost less and your money is going to the farmers so they continue growing fruits and vegetables.
- Grow your own. Even if you don’t have time ( lamest excuse ever created by mankind) you can grow the herbs such as mint, oregano, thyme in pots. I am growing my green onions from the white bulb in a mug in my kitchen.
- When you are at the grocery store, make sure to check the “clearance” section usually where they put the items that are about to expire. You may be able to find some ripe organic bananas or sweet bell peppers etc….
- Go to Costco or Sam’s club if you are a member. Costco has a lot of organic produce such as strawberries, apples, spinach, spring mix, carrots etc…. Sam’s club has less of a selection but they do carry sometimes organic blueberries, raspberries, etc…
- Pick the organic fruits and vegetables that are in season in your area and indulge. For example: oranges are in season during the fall and winter so eat more oranges and; watermelons are in season during the summer so eat accordingly. Back in the day, people ate what was growing on trees, so what was in season.
- Reduce buying junk such as sugary cereal, soda, cookies, and candies so you are able to afford to buy most of your produce organic. A 24 pack of Pepsi or coca-cola is 9.99 in the US in most stores, for 9.99 you can buy a stalk of organic celery, a large bag of organic potatoes, and 2-3 heads of romaine lettuce. Sharing my receipt from Sprouts with you, everything was organic except the goat milk and almond milk ( they did not have the organic ones) but they are Non-GMO verified. The butter was not specified as organic on the receipt but it was. Total 83.17! I can’t afford to buy organic? Not an excuse when you see a real receipt.
- Finally, refer to the dirty dozen plus and clean 15 list by EWG. https://donate.ewg.org/images/2014_Shopper_Guide_to_Pesticides_in_Produce.pdf
The dirty dozen are the fruits and vegetables that have the most pesticide residue and should always be bought organic are:
- Snap Peas
- Sweet bell peppers
- Hot peppers
Take a picture of your grocery receipt and add to the comments ( or just write in the total and what you bought). What do you buy organic? What stops you from buying organic? Share this post with your friends and family so they start buying organic too and the cost will go down 😉
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