Sunday, March 21, 2010

Safest Foods to Go Non-Organic

There is always a lot of controversy whether you should eat organic or conventional (non-organic)  produce.  I tend to do a little bit of a mix.  Organic foods tend to be a little more expensive so I think it is helpful if you can prioritize which foods you want to buy organic and which foods you can feel safe about buying conventional.

Since we are getting into spring (hard to tell here in Texas with 6" of snow on the ground) if you can make the time and have the space to plant your own garden I highly recommend that.  Then you not only reap the benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables at your disposal, you know where they are grown, what chemicals are or are not used in the growing process, and you will save money at the supermarket.

If you cannot grow any of your own fruits and veges, check to see if there is a local farmers market in your area or a vegetable coop you can join.  I am a huge supporter of the local farmers market - not only are you usually getting fresher produce you are helping out your local farmers and your local economy. Don't be afraid to ask where their farm is located and how they grow their produce.

Here is Dr. Weil's list of 15 foods that you can feel safe buying conventional and a link to his entire article:
  1. Onions
  2. Avocados
  3. Sweet corn
  4. Pineapples
  5. Mangos
  6. Asparagus
  7. Sweet peas
  8. Kiwi
  9. Cabbage
  10. Eggplant
  11. Papaya
  12. Watermelon
  13. Broccoli
  14. Tomatoes
  15. Sweet potatoes

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing this list! We've wondered which foods were best to get organic and which ones might not matter as much.