When you eat organic foods, you reduce the amount of toxins, pesticides and other unhealthy chemicals taken into your body, and you give your body the best fuel it can get to make it function the most effectively. In today's processed world, it may not be possible to make sure everything you put into your body is organic, but when you're out grocery shopping, here are the top 10 foods that you absolutely must buy organic. Your body will thank you for investing in these foods.
Peaches are one of the fruits containing the highest amount of pesticides. The thin skin of peaches means that after they're subjected to pesticides and herbicides, they really sink into the fruit. If you can't find organic peaches, go for a fruit with a thicker skin instead.
Everyone knows you've got to wash apples thoroughly before you eat them, and most of us realize it's because of the film of insect-killing poisons that are sprayed on the apples. Assuming you don't want to eat poison while you're trying to get healthy, stick to organic apples or thicker-skinned fruits.2.
All this time, you probably thought you were doing something good for your body by eating celery, right? Not unless you've purchased an organic brand. You read how peaches and apples need to be organic because of their thin skins? Well, celery has no skin. Think about how well it must hold the pesticides. If you're a celery eater, organic is a must.
By now the pattern should be emerging. Any fruit with a thin skin is one you should be eating organic. Organic grapes should be available wherever you buy organic foods, but if you can't find any, consider some delicious organic blueberries or raspberries instead.
Potatoes look innocent, but not only are they subject to pesticides after harvesting, they can absorb fungicides from the soil as well. Go for the organic version and save yourself from consuming these unwanted chemicals.
All cherries are bad when it comes to pesticides, but U.S. cherries are the worst. They have three times as many pesticides as the European brands!
Lettuce, arugula, collard greens, spinach and other leafy greens grown conventionally are often contaminated with potent pesticides and herbicides. Even kale, which is known for being a hearty vegetable that doesn't suffer from pests or diseases, has been found to have high amounts of pesticide residue.
It's not just fruits and vegetables you need to watch out for. Here are some more foods that you must buy organic:
If the cows you eat are ingesting unwanted chemicals, those chemicals going into their milk too. Organic milk will ensure that your children are getting the healthy benefits of milk like strong bones and teeth, not a glass full of growth hormones.
One look at the ingredients list of a standard jar of peanut butter should be enough to have you racing for the organic peanut butter aisle. Standard peanut butter is loaded with refined sugars, fats and pesticides, while organic peanut butter is loaded with…peanuts. Plus, more than 99 percent of peanut farms use fungicides to treat mold and other conventional farm practices. Which would you rather put in your body?
You're doing a great job making sure the food you eat is healthy. Would you do any less for your baby? Baby food can be full of pesticides and other unwanted chemicals just like grownup food, and these chemicals can be a lot worse for a growing baby. Make sure your child's baby food is organic and pesticide free.
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