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Is Organic Worth the Price?

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is-organic-worth-the-priceOrganic vs. Non-Organic.

A new study in the Anals of Internal Medicine found that organic produce had no more vitamins and minerals than conventionally grown produce. For years, we have believed that the “organic” way of growing enabled our fruits and vegetables to have higher contents of vitamins and minerals due to the strict standards of crop rotation, soil enhancement and reduction of pesticides.

Organic Foods Study 2012

The researchers found that organic produce, including fruits and vegetables, had a 30% lower risk of contamination, including pesticides, compared to conventional produce. The lead author on the study was Dr. Crystal Smith-Spangler of Stanford University. 

Seventeen studies in humans and 223 studies of nutrient and contaminant levels in foods met inclusion criteria. And, only three of the human studies examined clinical outcomes, finding no significant differences between populations by food type for allergic outcomes.

So, which fruits and vegetables tend to have higher residues of pesticides and warrant the higher price of organics? When should we purchase organic foods?

Here are foods that contain higher levels of pesticides and may warrant purchasing organic.

"Toxic Ten" Foods Containing Higher Levels of Pesticides

  1. Apples
  2. Bell Peppers
  3. Celery
  4. Cherries
  5. Grapes
  6. Peaches
  7. Pears
  8. Raspberries
  9. Spinach
  10. Strawberries

Foods with Lower Levels of Pesticides

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn
  • Kiwi
  • Mangos
  • Onions
  • Pineapples
  • Peas

Whether you purchase organic or non-organic foods, you need to eat your fruits and vegetables.  Strive for at least five servings or more each day.

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