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12 Foods You Must Eat Organic

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12 Foods You Must Eat Organic

Eating organic is something we can do both for ourselves and the planet. It makes you feel safe, healthy, and ‘green.’† It is a subject near and dear to my heart.

For the 12 foods listed below, eating organic is much more than a ‘feeling.’ They have been proven to be often drenched in deadly chemicals, so you don’t ever want to put them in your body unless they have that ‘certified organic’ sticker!

There are some other foods that don’t get as much spraying, so you can get away with non-organic for those foods if you have to. Make sure you know the difference!

Why Eat Organic?

1.† Better health through reduced allergies and diseases
Organic food is not raised using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Therefore, it does not contain any traces of these strong chemicals that can affect the human body. This is particularly important for children, fetuses, pregnant women, and/or people with sensitive immune or digestive systems.

2. Better health through more nutrition
Care and maintenance of soil, plus preventive farming methods like crop rotation, create fruits and vegetables that contain up to 50% more vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients than commercially farmed foods.

3. Better taste and quality
Many people believe that because organic is produced in smaller, closer farms, it gets the perfect balance of nutrition, and that attention that creates healthier plants.

4. Save the environment
As harmful chemicals are not used in organic farming, there is minimal soil, air and water pollution, thus ensuring a safer world for future generations to live in.

5. Animal welfare
Animal welfare is an important aspect of producing organic milk, organic meat, organic poultry, and organic fish. People, while eating organic animal products, can feel happy that the animals are not confined to a miserable caged life.

6.† Non-genetically-modified
By choosing organic you automatically eliminate genetically modified crops. We are just now beginning to be understood the problems of genetic modification for our bodies and the world.

Why Wouldn’t You Eat Organic?

1.†† It’s expensive; sometimes two or three times the price. This just doesnít seem fair.
2.†† The selection of organic produce is not extensive enough.
3.†† Some stores donít sell enough organic so the produce sits too long before sale.

 

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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7:00AM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

Interesting; however, there were actually only ELEVEN (11) foods listed to buy organic--->nectarines were listed TWICE; numbers 6 and 8! (lol)

Thanks for sharing them though; have made note of them...

3:16AM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

Тhank you so much for this informative article, there are many aspects to it indeed.

1:21PM PDT on Apr 4, 2013

Monsanto is a dirty word. The almighty dollar is all that counts.They may destroy the planet to finance one more lavish home or vacation but as long as they have fun,what do billions of deaths mean? Their altered foods are eliminating the native unaltered foods. I grow as much of my own food as I can. When you can trust your legislators,you know you can't trust Monsanto.

1:20PM PDT on Apr 4, 2013

Monsanto is a dirty word. The almighty dollar is all that counts.They may destroy the planet to finance one more lavish home or vacation but as long as they have fun,what do billions of deaths mean? Their altered foods are eliminating the native unaltered foods. I grow as much of my own food as I can. When you can trust your legislators,you know you can't trust Monsanto.

12:45PM PST on Feb 21, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVrIyEu6h_E
Farmers Markets are a big help

11:17AM PST on Feb 13, 2013

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6:46AM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

If you can afford them.

9:48AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

Tammy: High-five to the manual labourers who toil in the fields, ingesting these noxious chemicals.
I'm glad I have a garden to grow my own bounty, without chemical pestisides and fungicides.

10:04AM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

why doesn't anyone ever list WORKERS' HEALTH as a reason to buy organic? People only seem interested in how to avoid putting pesticides into their own bodies, but don't even consider what health risks there are for the people who plant, care for and harvest all that produce. Manual labourers who usually work for low wages and no health care are at a much higher risk from these chemicals than the people who ingest the residue off washed produce.

I am all for organic, but why not emphasize the real dangers here? Because poor people don't count as much as rich people who can afford to buy everything organic?

9:08AM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Good to know I try to stay updated with my dirty dozen.

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