There are a lot of nutrition buzzwords out there today. Lately, the term “organic” has become very popular and seems to be everywhere. Most of us have at least a vague understanding of the word, but what does it mean when it comes to grocery shopping? Should we really purchase everything organically? Does it really make that much of a difference on way or the other? If you’re like me, you’ve likely struggled with some of the same questions. Here, we’ll attempt to provide you with some tips on what to purchase organically and what is best skipped out on so that both you and your wallet can stay happy and healthy.
For starters, it’s important to know that the USDA regulates what foods can be termed “organic” and what foods can not. Violation of the USDA rules/regulations on labeling foods “organic” can result in fines for agriculture and food companies. So, it is definitely not some meaningless buzzword any company can throw on any food to try to make it sell more.
According to the USDA, for a food to be labeled organic it must have an ingredients list with contents that are 95% “certified organic” meaning that they are free of synthetic additives (ex: pesticides), chemical fertilizers, dyes, and can’t be processed using irradiation, genetic engineering, or industrial solvents.
So, what should you buy organically? Typically, foods that yield a high pesticide residue after being sprayed are the ones you should buy organic. Usually, these are thinner skinned foods (but this doesn’t necessarily always hold true). So without further ado, a short list of our suggestions of what to purchase organically and what you can skip out on.
Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist! This list is the result of some simple research and Clinical Nutrition courses I have taken, but is by no mean the be-all end-all list of what to purchase, or not purchase organic.
Foods to By Organic:
- Bell Peppers
Foods You Can Skip Buying Organically
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas
- Sweet Potatoes
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