Is Eating ‘Organic’ Fruits and Vegetables Essential for Good Health?

When growing fruits and vegetables the organic farmer avoids using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. This is a good thing. But, if you are eating organic milk products and meat, being organic doesn’t make these healthier to eat.

If you were to ask me if you couldn’t get organic that you shouldn’t eat fruits and vegetables I would say it would be better to eat them than not. But, you don’t always have to buy organic to eat the healthiest foods. For example, there are certain fruits and vegetables that are known to be ‘cleaner’ than others.

‘Of course, unhealthy food tastes great, but your taste buds will change what they like eating in time and you will eventually prefer eating other healthier foods after a lifetime of eating the bad’ ~ your author

The Dirtiest…

  • Apples
  • Bell peppers
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Imported grapes
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Potatoes
  • Raspberries
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries

The Cleanest…

  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Kiwis
  • Mangoes
  • Onions
  • Papayas
  • Pineapples
  • Sweet corn
  • Sweet peas

Now, most organic is costlier, but as you can see not always necessary. For example, I love potatoes and they are ‘notorious’ just like apples being sprayed with pesticide. So, I always buy these two organic. Same goes for celery. If you are a spinach lover, go organic on that, too.

We eat strawberries regularly, so I make sure I pay extra buying these organic, too. But, if you would ask me should I not eat strawberries if they aren’t organic? I would recommend you find a substitute for strawberries, instead. For example, you don’t necessarily have to buy organic bananas. These are safe without being organic, therefore, buy more bananas.

‘We find that, in most regions, diets became richer while the land needed to feed one person decreased [1 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3345016/]’.

Apparently, land requirements for meat is many times greater than for growing crops. Essentially half of the world’s grain is fed to those animals. So, if you ‘borrowed’ only half the grain, it would be more than enough to feed all the people everywhere. Ideally, if no one ate meat, not a single person on earth would be starving to death.

Source- 1 URL ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/
Website Title National Center for Biotechnology Information
Article Title Home – PMC – NCBI
Date Accessed March 27, 2019

Note- before you change your diet consult your doctor.

 

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