Sunday, May 10, 2009

Is Organic Really Worth it?

When it comes to the conversation on "Organic foods" verses the foods we've eaten since infancy, I have always been very skeptical and opinionated, but I recently read an article that gave great insight and clarity on why it's important to take this subject a little more seriously.  Now, don't get me wrong, I still believe that a big part of the "Go Green" and "Eat Organic" thing can be very sneaky at times.  Many company's are cashing in on this Organic craze, because consumers tend to be like little ignorant puppets at times and will seemingly buy anything you convince them is important at that time.  It's frustrating to see how gullible we can be!  But no matter where you are in this conversation, we can all be educated on what is good for us and what is a waste of our money.  Men's Fitness put out an article that shows how to get the most bang for the buck when stocking your pantry and fridge by explaining what is worth it and what isn't when it comes to organic foods.  Enjoy!
So what's a cash- and health-conscious person to do? The answer isn't to simply opt for organic no matter what. Not all conventionally grown foods are smothered with chemicals. So all you really need to do to protect your health, the planet, and your wallet is focus on buying just a few key organic foods. A good rule of thumb: "If you're going to eat the skin, consider organics," says MFadviser Tanya Zuckerbrot, R.D., a New York-based dietitian and author. "But if you can peel the fruit or vegetable, you're going to strip away a lot of the residues anyway—so it's not really worth the extra money."

Foods Worth Buying Organic:

Spinach and Lettuce  Most people already spring for expensive bagged salads—so why not pay a little more (around a dollar a bag) for the organic version?

Bell Peppers  One of the Environmental Working Group's so-called "dirty dozen"—12 types of produce that have the highest level of pesticide residue. Their company includes celery, peaches, nectarines, and cherries.

Apples  Ninety-two percent of the apples tested by the EWG were positive for pesticide residues—and 72% of those had more than one type of bug-killer on their peel.

Peanut Butter  Chemicals tend to concentrate in oils—one reason residues from up to 28 different pest-killers have been found in p.b.

Strawberries  Bugs love supersweet fruits, so it's no wonder that random F.D.A. tests found trace amounts of 38 different kinds of pesticides on these luscious, soft-skinned treats.

Microwave Popcorn  It's the oils that are to blame for the pesky contaminants in popcorn. Newman's Own organic brand costs only a few cents more per bag than Orville Redenbacher's.

Foods Not Worth Buying Organic:

Milk  Any residue from cattle feed ends up in milk fat, which gets removed if you drink low-fat or skim. And, contrary to popular belief, all milk—organic or not—is free of antibiotics.

Chicken and Fish  The USDA hasn't created official guidelines for what constitutes "organic" fish. Also, meats in general don't have as many residues as produce.

Olive Oil  Fewer synthetic chemicals are used in the production of olives than in other conventional  crops to begin with—so you're not getting that much bang for your buck if you buy organic.

Yogurt  Like milk, any trace amounts of residue in yogurt would come from the fruit mixed in, not the yogurt itself.

1 comment:

  1. This is great information! Now the saying is, "An ORGANIC apple a day..."