Q: I believe in eating organic food but it is so expensive! Is spending the extra money really that critical? –Phyllis, TN
A: Great question. I have always prioritized buying certain organic products, such as milk, especially in the winter when the cost of organic food is much higher than conventional. We also have a great list on Care2 of the top 10 foods that are the most important to eat organically, which shows you when you should splurge and when it might be less urgent. But two new studies just came out that make me want to recommend that we all spend the extra money to eat organic food whenever we can. One shows that organic food is better for the heart, and the other that women who used pesticides in their early pregnancies had a higher rate of gestational diabetes, suggesting that pesticides affect glucose metabolism.
And, of course, organic farms are far and away the most caretaking of the environment–the more we can do to support them the better.