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Is Organic Really Better? YES!

In recent years, there has been a huge push for people to buy organic produce, but many people ask, “Does it really make a difference?” The answer is YES! Not only is organic produce better for you, it is also better for our environment. Because organic produce does not use any synthetic pesticides, irradiation, or genetic engineering, it keeps our earth free from these toxins and preserves our soil to nurture future generations. In terms of organic meat, the living conditions are guaranteed to be much healthier. Organic ranchers must provide livestock with access to the outdoors, pasture feeding for at least 30% of their nutritional needs, and healthy, organic food. The treatment of organic livestock is so much more humane than that of large-scale conventional factory farming.

In addition to helping the planet, organic produce is found to contain higher levels of nutrients and antioxidants and lower levels of toxic metals (such as cadmium) and toxic pesticide residue. Organic meats contain higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids (which is great for heart and brain health) and less antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

We know that buying all organic food can be a bit pricy. We just encourage you to try the best that you can! If you are on a budget, below are the Environmental Working Group’s list of the top 12 food you should buy organic and the 15 foods that are the safest to buy conventional (though organic is always better):

Here's the full list of EWG's "Dirty Dozen" (the produce you should buy organic) for 2019:

  1. Strawberries

  2. Spinach

  3. Kale

  4. Nectarines

  5. Apples

  6. Grapes

  7. Peaches

  8. Cherries

  9. Pears

  10. Tomatoes

  11. Celery

  12. Potatoes

For its "Clean Fifteen," (the produce it is alright to buy conventional) EWG selected the following:

  1. Avocados

  2. Sweet corn

  3. Pineapples

  4. Sweet peas (frozen)

  5. Onions

  6. Papayas

  7. Eggplants

  8. Asparagus

  9. Kiwis

  10. Cabbage

  11. Cauliflower

  12. Cantaloupes

  13. Broccoli

  14. Mushrooms

  15. Honeydew

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