There's no doubting the fact that organic food is much healthier
than non-organic food, thanks to a combination of higher nutrient
levels and no toxic pesticides or herbicides.
Most non-organic (conventional) food is loaded with pesticides that
have been linked to a host of health concerns, including:
Pesticides can also
destroy the healthy bacteria in your gut.
An imbalance in gut
bacteria can sabotage your digestive health, leading to lower levels
of immunity and even nutrient deficiencies due to poor absorption.
Organic foods don't
contain these toxic synthetic pesticides and herbicides, and studies
have also shown organic fruits and veggies contain higher levels of
health-boosting compounds, such as
While organic food is amazing for your health, there's only one
downside. It can be expensive to buy everything organic.
So to get the healthiest
foods, and go easy on your budget, here are the foods you'll always
want to buy organic.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG.org)
compiled the data on these foods using testing by USDA scientists.
And in case you think
washing food will help, it won't... All the foods were
washed (and in some cases peeled) before testing yet they still
tested positive for multiple pesticides.
Here is the dirty dozen, listed in order of most to least
you can't source fresh organic strawberries, try the frozen fruit
section for organic berries. It's an easy addition for smoothies and
Plus 3 More to
Think you're off the hook if you avoid eating those 12 fruits and
Not so fast.
Toxic pesticides are
found throughout the food system, and can be even more
concentrated in processed foods...
So here are three more
foods you always want to eat organic.
All Wheat Products
Conventional wheat is treated
with toxic glyphosate for either weed control, or to speed
the drying of the crop before harvesting.
As a result, most
conventional wheat is tainted with this toxin.
Recent testing showed high
residues of glyphosate in products as varied as cereals,
crackers, cookies and bread.
So always opt for
Almost all conventional cooking oils should be avoided. Among
the worst are canola, corn and soybean oils which are GMO crops
doused in glyphosate.
By choosing organic
olive oil or organic coconut oil, you'll be getting a healthier
fat, and avoid toxic solvents that conventional oils pick up
Tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world, but most
conventionally grown leaves come with toxic pesticide residues.
Testing showed that 8 of 10
brands reviewed had multiple chemicals, some exceeding allowable
limits. And coffee is one of the crops most heavily sprayed with
pesticides, so going organic will mean a healthy brew.
Conventional Foods are Clean
The EWG also tracks which foods are cleanest, meaning free of
pesticides, and provides a list of 15 that are clean.
...and other tasty
veggies (below image):
Check out the full "Clean
While organic is always best, you can be a smart shopper by choosing
the organic foods above and supplementing your meal plans with
conventional foods that are clean.
Make your grocery budget go further by buying organic where it
You'll get nutritious
foods that are free of toxic pesticides, and give your body the best
chance for a healthy, long-lived life.