Buying Organic Fruits and Vegetables- Important?
The answer is no. In a FREE food world, I would buy everything organic. But, like most families, I attempt to have some sort of control over my grocery budget, I do not always buy organic. With three kids, I do try to whenever possible. I worry about what those veggies are sprayed with. I find myself buying more and more organic, each time I shop. I always buy organic greens (lettuce and spinach) Apples & Grapes.
I will be expanding my list, especially after coming across this handy produce list (see below) with the amount of pesticides included.
Here is the skinny…
On buying Organic vs. Non-Organic. Feel free to share the grocery gossip & spread the word.
First, I will mention that when I have the option to patronage local farms and farmers market vs. going to the food store I do, especially in the summer. I know that local produce is harder to come by in the winter months. It’s great because I know or can ask the farmers if they use pesticides. Not all produce is “certified” organic, but may be grown without harmful pesticides- just ask your farmers. I also try to plant my own garden every year & have raspberry bushes. I also grow my own Herbs outside in the summer, which reminds me…
Please, pretty please, bring me a new large herb box so I can grow fresh rosemary, chives and cilantro in my kitchen window. I promise I will water them and make sure they get lots of love and sunshine. And I am so sorry that I neglected my garden this past summer, letting the weeds take over. I will not let this happen again. I promise. You can send your elves to check on me. I’ll also make you chocolate chip cookies again, no fruit or veggies- promise (except for the reindeer)
Anyway, as a rule of thumb, the thicker the skin on a fruit or vegetable the less pesticides are going to be in the produce you eat. Not clear? Still confused on when to buy organic? Here is a list of fruits and vegetables in order of pesticide content. I recently came across this list from the Environmental Working Group whose main goal is to “protect the most vulnerable segments of the human population- children, babies, and infants in the womb from health problems attributed to a wide array of toxic contaminants.” Having three kids, I commend this goal.
If eating Organic and the health of your family is important, think about Donating to EWG this holiday season.
Disclosure: I was in no way compensated for this article. EWG is just Non for profit Organization that I feel deserved a Shout Out.
Kristie Finnan is a Registered Dietitian/Licensed Nutritionist, Freelance Writer and Published Children's Author. She is the Mom of 3 and Food Snob with a passion for Nutrition Education, Healthy Kids Foods, Marketing and Social Media. Kristie is the Creative Director/Editor for www.DivaDietitian.com and www.KidsLoveFood.com & Founder of www.DoylestownNutrition.com. Diva Dietitian blogs in Full Disclosure. Please see: http://kristiefinnan.com/about/disclosure.