Produce: To Be Or Not To Be Organic

What does “organic” mean?

 Organic foods are foods produced without the use of pesticides and chemicals.  Sounds pretty good to us!! We realize that most organic foods found in your local grocery stores can be a little bit more expensive.  One way to save some money on organic produce is to scout out local farmers stands and markets.  To help your body and your wallets we are providing you with some tips for when you should go organic and when to save your money when buying produce.  A good rule to follow is to go organic if skin is thin or edible.  If the food item contains a thicker skin (not edible) this will provide a better barrier to pesticides and chemicals.

How do I know if something is organic?

 Look for this USDA Organic label on produce packaging and stickers on individual pieces of fruit and vegetables.

USDA

The USDA has identified three categories of labeling organic products:

100% Organic: Made with 100% organic ingredients

Organic: Made with at least 95% organic ingredients

Made With Organic Ingredients: Made with a minimum of 70% organic ingredients with strict restrictions on the remaining 30% including no GMOs (genetically modified organisms)

**You will see this on processed and packaged organic products.

When should I buy organic produce?

Go Organic:
apples
berries
cherries
carrots
celery
grapes
lettuce
nectarines
peaches
pears
peppers
potatoes
spinach

Save Your $$$:
asparagus
avocados
bananas
broccoli
cabbage
cauliflower
corn
eggplant
grapefruit
kiwi
mangoes
melons
onions
oranges
papaya
pineapples
squash
sweet peas
sweet potatoes

We hope that you found this information useful.  Food shopping can be confusing at times…eat this and not that…ahhh…what to buy???  Our goal is to help make life a little easier by providing you with tips for filling your cart with healthy fuel.  As we mentioned before foods produced without the use of pesticides and chemicals sounds like a pretty good fit for leading a healthy lifestyle and with these tips you will know when to “go organic” and when to save some money.

Happy Healthy Eating!

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Posted on April 18, 2013, in Nutrition and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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