Organic foods are an important part of a healthy lifestyle, both for your health and that of the planet. Organic foods contain far fewer pesticide residues than nonorganic foods, which means that nutrients, not chemicals, enter your body when you eat organic foods. Moreover, organic farming is more sustainable than conventional farming and puts far less stress on the land.
Although it is healthy to eat exclusively organic foods, this is not feasible for most people, either for financial reasons, location, or other factors. Here is a short list of the most important foods to eat organically grown:
– Strawberries: their softness invites pesticides to seep beneath the skin
– Milk: conventionally produced milk is full of hormones, antibiotics, and pesticides
– Peppers: they are sprayed with pesticides more heavily than most other vegetables
– Bananas: they are dripping with chemicals and pesticides, as well as preservatives for their long journey to the supermarket
– Potatoes: they are full of pesticides and often are genetically modified
– Grapes and raisins: grapes are heavily sprayed, and the concentrations of pesticides become greater when the grapes become raisins.
Healthy eating is part of living long and feeling good. Leaving pesticides out of your food is one of the best ways to begin enjoying a healthy diet.
About the Author: Anthony Pierpont has hands-on knowledge of food; he has worked in the hospitality industry as a waiter, kitchen supervisor, banquet coordinator, food and beverage manager, hotel restaurant manager, and sauté cook.