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is organic better

I was just wondering if organic food was better for you I want to lose weight and be healthy becase we are ttc and i was wondering if it was worth the cost

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Asked by ntschetter at 3:25 PM on Apr. 5, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • Organic foods are made according to certain production standards. Such as not using pesticides on fruit and veggies, no growth hormones on animals for meat. Some studies have shown higher nutrient levels in organic fruit and vegetables compared with conventionally grown products. Plant a garden this spring if you can! It's cheaper and fresh!! You won't have to use gas to go to the grocery store to pick up a tomato or some lettuce.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:43 PM on Apr. 5, 2009

  • Yes, organic is better in most cases. Organic tomatoes were found to have nearly twice the level of quercetin and kaempferol. These flavonoids have been linked to a reduction in heart disease risk. If you are going to go organic, try buying products grown locally first (go to farmers markets! They're great!). If you can't find something grown locally, try to find grown in USA at least. Buy fruits and vegetables that are in season because if they have to be imported they aren't going to taste as good, and some countries dont' have as high standards of food safety as we do.

    Buy "the dirty dozen" in organic if possible. These are the foods with the highest levels of pesticides and chemicals:

    1. Meat: beef, pork, and poultry
    The EPA reports that meat is contaminated with higher levels of pesticides than any plant food. Many chemical pesticides are fat-soluble and accumulate in fatty tissue of animals.


    Answer by AprilDJC at 7:52 PM on Apr. 5, 2009

  • 2. Dairy: milk, cheese and butter
    For similar reasons to meat, the fat in dairy products pose a high risk for contamination of pesticides as animals concentrate pesticides and chemicals in their milk and meat. Growth hormones and antibiotics are also a serious concern and invariably found in commercial milk, cheese and butter.

    3. Strawberries
    Strawberries are the most heavily dosed crops with pesticides in America. On average, 300 pounds of pesticides are applied to every acre of strawberries (compared to an average of 25 pounds per acre for other foods).

    4. Apples
    With 36 different chemicals detected in FDA testing, half of which are neurotoxins (meaning they cause brain damage), apples are almost as contaminated as strawberries. Peeling non-organic apples reduces but does not eliminate the danger of ingesting these chemicals. Go organic, especially for children.


    Answer by AprilDJC at 7:53 PM on Apr. 5, 2009

  • 5. Tomatoes
    More than 30 pesticides are standard regimen to spray on conventionally grown tomatoes. The thin skin does not protect chemicals from infiltrating the whole tomato. Bummer.

    6. Potatoes
    Potatoes are one of the most popular vegetables in America and rank among the most laden with pesticides. Fungicides added to soil where potatoes are grown is another story and reason to go organic.

    7. Spinach (and other greens including lettuce)
    The FDA found spinach to be one of the most frequently contaminated crops with some of the most potent pesticides used on food.

    8. Coffee
    Most coffee is grown is countries where there are little to no standards to regulate the use of chemicals and pesticides on food. Purchasing “Fair Trade” coffee is further assurance that the premium price paid for this treasured beverage supports farms and workers with more equanimity and reward.

    Answer by AprilDJC at 7:54 PM on Apr. 5, 2009

  • 9. Peaches and Nectarines
    45 different pesticides are regularly applied to succulent, delicious peaches and nectarines in conventional orchards. The thin skin does not protect the fruit from the dangers of these poisons.

    10. Grapes (especially imported grapes)
    Because grapes are a delicate fruit, they are sprayed multiple times during different stages of growth. The thin skin does not offer much protection to the 35 different pesticides used as a standard in conventional vineyards. Imported grapes are even more heavily treated that domestically grown grapes. Several of the most poisonous pesticides banned in the U.S. are still used on grapes grown abroad.


    Answer by AprilDJC at 7:55 PM on Apr. 5, 2009

  • 11. Celery
    At least 29 different chemicals are applied directly to conventionally grown celery as it grows, which cannot be washed off because celery does not have any protective skin.

    12. Bell Peppers (Red & Green)
    Bell peppers are one of the most heavily sprayed foods, with standard use of 39 pesticides. The thin skin of peppers does not offer much protection from spraying.

    So yes, organic is better for your health. it may not give you more nutrients or anything like that but it sure gives you a lot less chemicals!

    Answer by AprilDJC at 7:56 PM on Apr. 5, 2009

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