Organic Food

7 02 2011

You cannot go to a grocery store without seeing products labeled as organic.  Organic foods are very popular because they are healthier.  Organic foods can contain 50% more vitamins, minerals and other nutrients than non organic food.  Also, organic foods are free of pesticides and other chemicals which can have an adverse effect on our health.  An added benefit of organic foods is that it is that the farming of these products is much better for our environment.  The absence of pesticides helps keep the soil healthy, conserves water and also helps reduce climate change.  In the end, organic food is not only better for our own health but it is also better for the health of our an environment.  A WIN WIN.

The problem with organic foods however, is that they tend to be much more expensive than non organic foods.  The absence of pesticides can increase the number of insects and other organisms that feed on the crop thus lowering the yield and that is what makes organic foods cost more money to purchase.  It is this added cost that keeps many people from buying organic, especially during these tough economic times.

Even on a budget there is a way to add organic foods into your diet.  All you need to remember if you are on a budget is that all organic foods are not the same.  Let me explain this by providing a couple of examples.  Fruit like apples, peaches and plums have very thin skin so pesticides are very likely to be absorbed through the skin and into the flesh of the fruit.  On the other hand fruit such as oranges, bananas and avocados have much thicker skin which protects their flesh from much of the pesticides.  So even if you are on a budget you can add in organic foods by prioritizing which organic foods will give you the most bang for your buck.

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