To go organic or save my cash?

People always ask whether buying organic is healthier, and the answer is yes. Eating organic protects you from potentially harmful chemicals such as pesticides. But "going green" is rarely cheap, and it's not always needed. Here is rules for when you should spend money on organic products and when to save your cash with conventional foods.

1. WHEN THE SKIN IS THIN: Fruits and vegetables with a thin skin that is difficult to remove or that you typically eat should definitely be ORGANIC. They have high levels of pesticides even after washing. Produce with thicker skins has a better barrier to pesticides and when you throw the peel in the trash, the chemicals go with it. But be sure to give all fruits and vegetables a good scrub down before eating or peeling them, because cutting them can bring any chemicals on the skin into the flesh.

BUY ORGANIC:
APPLES, PEACHES, STRAWBERRIES, RASPBERRIES, BLUEBERRIES, BLACKBERRIES, CHERRIES, GRAPES, PEARS, NECTARINES, PEPPERS, CELERY, POTATOES, CARROTS.

SAVE YOUR CASH: (O.K. to buy conventional)
AVOCADOES, EGGPLANTS, PINEAPPLES, BANANAS, CORN, KIWI, MANGOES, PAPAYA, SWEET PEAS, ORANGES, GRAPEFRUIT, SQUASH.

2. GO GREEN WITH LEAFY GREENS: Can you imagine scrubbing every leaf of a head of romaine lettuce? It is too difficult with leafy greens to make sure you remove all of the chemicals, and greens are particularly susceptible to pests, so they are often grown with high levels of pesticides. Fortunately, other vegetables, such as broccoli, either do not retain pesticides very well or do not need a lot to begin with, so it's OK to go conventional.

BUY ORGANIC:
ALL LETTUCES AND GREENS SUCH AS KALE, COLLARDS, MUSTARD, SWISS CHARD, SPINACH.

SAVE YOUR CASH:
BROCCOLI, CABBAGE, ASPARAGUS, CAULIFLOWER, MELONS, SWEET POTATOES.

3. MILK IT! Although much of the hormones and antibiotics used in conventional milk production are washed out before we drink it, the process is not perfect and some make it through. Plus, there is evidence that organic milk has higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids, which help keep our hearts healthy.

BUY ORGANIC:
MILK, YOGURT, CHEESE.

WHAT ABOUT FISH?

As all of you know, FISH - is the best source of healthy protein. Nobody wants to eat farm-raised fish nowadays. Why? Because it fed with corn and other grains. So, corn is not protein...

Fish grown in the ocean or cold water seas - of course different. Has more natural fish oil (Omega)... But, in the ocean, where it's impossible to know what (if any )pesticides they've encountered - impossible to claim that the fish is organic. USDA has no guidelines for certifying organic seafood!!!
And be wary when you see fish touted as organic...

SAVE YOUR CASH:
Fish and all other seafood.

And do not forget to get your meat as much as you can organic or at least antibiotic and hormone free!

Hopefully these recommendation will help you to save your money and be more confident any time you shop.

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