Saturday, April 27, 2013

How Organic is This Whole Organic Thing?

I can't tell you how frequently I am asked what the word 'organic' means, and 'should I go organic?' Simple fact, straight out the bat, I don't go out of my way to eat organic, but I'm certainly not against it-- it just tends to be more expensive.

The basic gist is this:

Products labeled 100% certified organic means that the product was raised in a way that is believed to be good for the earth-- no pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics, hormones, etc. But hold on a second... not all products are labeled 100% organic. Some are just labeled 'organic' which actually means they only have to contain about 95% organic ingredients... so you could be paying extra money just to get a smaller dose of the pesticides you are trying to avoid... not exactly ideal.

If you are set on going organic, there are definitely some foods to choose over others. For example, buying an organic kiwi would probably be silly because you're not going to eat that outer skin anyway. Prevention magazine has a pretty excellent, comprehensive list of foods that you should and shouldn't bother buying organic. For the most part, if it has an inedible skin, don't bother with the organic version. Save your money to buy other types of produce! Pin It

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