Monday, January 17, 2011

The Organic Option

Eating organic food is becoming very popular. It feels really weird to have to search and pay more for food that is healthier. You would think our government and stores would want people to eat things that aren't full of pesticides, preservative, and hormones. But it is not true anymore. People want to make money, and if that means making food that has no nutritional value and almost even poison, then they are all about it. Their motto must be something like, "make lots of it, make it fast, and sell it for lots of money." There is plenty of eye opening material out there if you really want to be scarred forever...Food Inc. and the Maker's Diet are two I know of that show a shocking reality about this topic.

But if you are like me, budgeting can prevent you from buying all organic food. So what are our options? I came across a helpful list about what foods are worth buying organic and what foods are low in pesticides enough that if you had to buy non-organic they would be less toxic.

Buy Organic:
Nectarines
Celery
Pears
Peaches
Apples
Cherry
Strawberries
Imported Grapes
Spinach
Potatoes
Bell Peppers
Raspberries

Ok to buy Non-Organic:
Asparagus
Avocado
Bananas
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Corn
Kiwi
Mango
Onion
Papaya
Pineapple
Sweet Peas

Other items to buy are
Free-range eggs and make sure your meat has no hormones.

Planting a garden and harvesting your own fruits and vegetables is not only beautiful and fun, but it actually gives you a deep and greater appreciation for the food you cook and eat. You are not likely to waste food.

1 comment:

Leah said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Food Inc book!! Another fun read that is sort of the same topic is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle--it's about a family that chose to live off what they grew or could buy locally for one year.