Monday, September 1, 2008
Another Excuse for Me to Crow About Organic Foods
Since not everyone has a Whole Foods store nearby, or the major grocery store doesn't carry much in the way of organic produce there may not be many choices. If that's you, ask the grocery clerk or store manager to start carrying some organic produce for you. The challenge for most people will be that organic foods tend to be more expensive. So, if you can't afford to buy a lot of organic products, there is a short list of things that you can concentrate on to minimize your exposure to pesticides and all that other bad stuff I mentioned. At the very least, focus on seeking organic as an alternative for these foods listed below- they tend to have the highest amounts of pesticides, chemicals, additives and hormones:
Meat & Poultry- Even if it's not organic, look for "no antibiotics or growth hormones".
Milk- The fat in dairy products often has pesticides, antibiotics, and growth hormones.
Peaches-There are 45 different kinds of pesticides regularly applied to peaches, which have very delicate skin.
Bell Peppers- This vegetable has thin skin that does not serve as a barrier to pesticides
Celery- Has no protective skin, so the 29 different kinds of chemicals used to grow conventional celery go right into you with every bite
Strawberries- Nearly 500 pounds of pesticides are used per acre of strawberries. Be especially leery of strawberries imported from countries that do not have similar regulations for pesticide use.
Lettuce- Often contaminated with the strongest pesticides used on crops.
Potatoes- Amazingly have the highest levels of pesticide residue. Since they are grown in the soil, they can pick up any chemicals applied above ground that contaminate the soil and are absorbed by the potato while growing.
Tomatoes- Another delicate skin that is easily punctured, allowing the entire tomato to be contaminated.
So as Labor Day passes and the local farmstands close up shop in the next month or so, be on the lookout for organic produce, milk and meats. It may just contribute to a healthier life for you down the road.
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