I get this question all the time: “Do I really need to buy organic?”
you absolutely need to buy organic food and let me tell ya why.
- nutrient density: Organic foods have a higher nutrient density than their conventional counterparts
On average, organically grown foods provide: 21.1% more iron 27% more vitamin C; 29.3% more magnesium; 13.6% more phosphorus
2. Non GMO: I know you’ve heard about GMOs, and the information on it can be confusing but I strongly recommend staying away from them. Let’s look at gmo corn as a case study
GMO Corn was combined with bacteria in order to produce its own insecticide, called Bt-toxin.
Bt-toxin kills insects by destroying the lining of their digestive tracts.
The worst part? THIS CANNOT BE WASHED OFF
Since this GMO was combined with the DNA of the corn the Bt-Toxin cannot be washed off! so trust me babe & buy yourself some organic corn.
I would prefer to buy all my food organic, but it’s easy to rack up a pretty steep grocery bill that way!
This list by the Environmental Working Group makes it very clear which foods you should be buying organic & which foods you can get away with buying conventional to save a few dollars.
The trick to remembering which foods are OK to buy conventional is to think of the ones that have a nice shell on them to protect them. So think avocados, pineapples, watermelons. You remove the “shell” and the inside is generally protected from the pesticides.
So I’m sure you’ve guessed, this year the EWG reports that strawberries are the #1 food you should be buying organic!
In 2015 alone nearly 300 pounds of pesticides were applied to each acre of strawberries. Fumigants (pesticides) are acutely toxic gases that kill every living thing in the soil. Some were originally developed as chemical warfare agents, now banned by the Geneva Conventions.
So get you’re butt to the store and bring your dirty dozen & clean 15 list with you.
once you’ve got your hands on the mouthwatering organic strawberries this year, if you’re looking some good recipes I’ve added a few below.