Organic Foods

Organic Foods

Organic Foods

When it comes to organic foods, which ones should you actually be buying? Organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals are not allowed any antibiotics or hormones. Organic fruits, vegetables, and milk have been found to cost up to 30% more than conventional produce.

  • Beef: non-organic meat is given sex hormones for growth factors-although it hasn’t been researched enough for negative effects it is a warning. Organic meats are found to have more heart-healthy omega-3 fats
  • Peanut Butter: oftentimes peanut butter has high sugar and fat content, especially hydrogenated oil (trans fat) which raises risks of heart disease, stroke, and clogged arteries
  • Poultry & Pork: same reasons as beef, no antibiotics, synthetic pesticides, and fertilizers. By consuming these drugs it can lead to dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It is always safe to trim off the fat and skin as this is where most pesticides hide.
  • Microwavable popcorn: Have you ever heard of perfluorooctanoic acid before?! Well, they used to use it to keep kernels from sticking together, but their alternatives are not that safe either. It has also been shown that artificial butter can lead to breathing problems, go organic or use an air-popper for your own flavors

Foods to buy conventionally

  • Seafood: organic seafood has no regulated standards so far, so buying organic won’t make a difference
  • Maple syrup: 100% maple syrup tends to have high fructose corn syrup, coloring, and preservatives


  • Fruits: these will be ready to eat immediately! local farmers use minimal pesticides
  • Spinach & Kale: local farmers grow these vegetables without synthetic chemicals, cooking can lower pesticide levels, but will also take away from their nutrients
  • Potatoes: any rooted vegetables will have pesticides and fertilizer chemicals because of the soil, but buying local will help you minimize the chemicals

Of course, when buying fruits and vegetables always remember to wash them well with water. When buying local, you don’t always need to use soap but that is up to your discretion. We hope you’ve found this list helpful. Don’t hesitate to leave a question or comment down below!


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