When to Buy Organic Food

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When it comes to improving one’s health by eliminating toxins from your diet or environment, most people just start with what they can afford. The most important point is that you start.

Usually it is not in most people’s budget to buy all organic foods. Nor can every food type your are interested in be readily found in organic form at your local grocery. I came across this list last year as to which produce is most important to buy organic, though I didn’t reference the source. If your budget limits you to what you can buy organic, here is a list of which is most important produce to choose in organic form.

Focus on buying in organic form the fruits and vegetables that are most heavily sprayed with pesticides.

The following fruits and vegetables are ones that are heavily sprayed with pesticides and are listed in order of the worst offenders in pesticide residues, number one being the highest.

  1. strawberries
  2. bell peppers
  3. spinach
  4. cherries
  5. peaches
  6. cantaloupe
  7. celery
  8. apples
  9. apricots
  10. green beans
  11. grapes
  12. cucumbers

For the produce you buy that is not organic, wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating them or even peel them. It is recommended that you use a fruit wash such as Veggie Wash or Fit ; you can find fruit washes at your local grocer, but you can also use a diluted soap, as it is better than just water alone to remove the pesticides.

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One Response to “When to Buy Organic Food”

  1. Doris Temple Says:

    Many conventionally grown fruits and vegetables have a thin coating of a wax-like film over them to increase their shelf life. The trouble with this is that the pesticides get trapped between the skin of the produce and the wax.

    So if you don’t get this layer of wax off, you are not getting at the pesticides on the produce itself. Consider peeling your cuccumbers and apples.

    Strawberries top the list as having the most used pesticides. Yet this delicate fruit would not survive a good scrubbing. Make all your strawberries purchases organic.

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