One product you could buy in the supermarket is a well-known, respected and affordable brand. But it’s laced with chemicals, hormones and preservatives. Not only does this hold serious implications for our environment, but for our bodies as well.
Another product you could buy is organic, so you could consume it in peace of mind. The problem is it’s expensive.
So what do you do? The one product that’s within your means has synthetic additives you’d rather do without. The other, healthier option costs a lot more. That’s why eating organically can be a catch22 kind of situation.
Thankfully, though, experts agree that not everything you consume need be organic to make a difference in your health. Although it would be great if everything that passed your lips or touched your skin was 100 per cent organic, there are some products that are more important to buy organic than others.
So to start off your more organic lifestyle, here are the organic foodstuffs you should be investing in.
It’s no secret that meat is generally laden with chemicals that should have no business in your body. Besides the antibiotics and growth hormones given directly to livestock, the feed they are given will be treated with fertilisers and pesticides as well.
Before you refill your Conti Espresso Machines, consider how your coffee has been treated. You may be shocked to learn that coffee is the third most heavily fertilised crop in the world, after tobacco and cotton. Making coffee the most chemically treated foodstuff in the world.
Besides the extent to which the beloved coffee bean is exposed to synthetic treatment, it’s the kind of chemicals that cause the most serious alarm. Most of the world’s coffee supply is grown in countries where fertilisers and pesticides aren’t as stringently regulated. So chemicals that are outlawed by the FDA could still be used to grow the coffee you drink. That’s why organic coffee should be a priority on your shopping list.
It’s sad to think that something like fruit, which ideally should be a neat little package of nature’s gift of health, can be rendered unhealthy by human intervention. Certain fruit absorb chemicals more readily than others though. Peaches are at the top of the Environmental Working Group’s list of foods with the most and the highest concentration of pesticides. But this isn’t the only inorganic fruit to avoid. Also watch out for apples, nectarines, strawberries and grapes. And that goes for fruit juice as well.
Again, some vegetables absorb chemicals more easily than others, or some are just treated more than others. For instance, potatoes are doubly treated with harmful chemicals. The vines are sprayed with pesticide, and the soil the tubers grow in is treated with fungicide.
Bell peppers, with their very thin skins, absorb chemicals very easily. Also, because they’re prone to insect infestations, they are often doused with extra chemicals. The same can be said for leafy greens like spinach, lettuce, and rocket. Because they’re high at risk for pests, they’re treated more thoroughly. Celery, green beans, tomatoes, cauliflower and carrots are more vegetables to beware of when in their inorganic states.
Your favourite snacks
Your body can handle a certain amount of toxins in your food. However, too much leads to a build-up. So if there is a certain snack that’s a big part of your diet, you should probably buy it organic. For instance, peanut butter, tortilla chips, or a fruit or vegetable even if it’s not on this list.
By making these small changes, rather than a complete overhaul of your grocery basket, you should be able to enjoy the benefits of having a healthier, organic lifestyle, without it putting too much pressure on your pocket.