Eating organic is a personal choice, and for some, it may go beyond nutrition and be a political or social choice as well. Whatever your motivation, here are some notes on the advantages of eating organic foods.
There are uncountable health effects associated with exposure to the chemicals, pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics used on and in our food sources; including systemic inflammation, depletion of nutrients, and impairments in normal functioning of various organs and body systems (hormonal, immune, nervous).
There’s no denying, organic foods can cost a lot more, so it’s important to sit and reflect on the factors that might help you prioritize where you’ll spend your food dollars.Firstly, if it’s a food you rarely ever consume or consume in very small amounts (such as a certain type of spice) perhaps the associated risk with non-organic is not as great. Thus, this may not be a food worth spending the extra money on to buy organic. Whereas if you eat apples daily, thus increasing your exposure to harmful pesticides, you may decide organic apples are worth the extra money.
Another important factor is the degree to which a food might be contaminated. There are foods we know are typically grown in areas where chemicals and pesticides are not used as much, or that the nature of the food itself – perhaps due to it’s impermeable outer skin for example, absorbs chemicals to a lesser degree.
The Dirty Dozen/Clean 15 is an annual evaluation of just that, by the EWG (Environmental Working Group), and provides to the public a guide to determining where the greatest risk is and where your extra grocery dollars may be best spent.
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