There’s this barrier that exists for many people when it comes to eating healthier. When the word “organic” comes out of my mouth I immediately see everything else I say go right in their ear and out the other. I’m pretty sure they just hear dollar signs and turn the part of their brain off that listens.
All kidding aside it can get expensive to eat organic and there are ways to do it that don’t break the bank. First and foremost, you need to know what it means and which foods it’s the most important for.
What Does Buying Organic Mean?
When you buy organic you are typically looking for foods grown without pesticides. These are chemicals to protect crops from bugs and weeds and they are linked to cancer, ADHD, parkinson’s disease, autism, infertility and other reproductive disorders, and they affect children the most.
Some crops, like strawberries and apples, absorb these pesticides like a sponge and some resist it. Some crops, like onions, don’t need pesticides because they are naturally resistant to pests. Some crops, like melons, have a thick outer skin that keep the pesticides from reaching the meat.
It’s also incredibly important to remember that I’m not just talking about the raw produce here. If there’s an item on the “Buy Organic” list, that also includes any products made from this item. For example, apples are one of the most important items to buy organic, that means you should also buy organic applesauce and apple juice. Anything that is made from or with apples should be organic or you are putting yourself and your family at risk of exposure to high levels of pesticide residue.
I’ve created a printable card that will fit in your purse to take to the grocery store with you for quick reference, because this is the real world and we use cheat cards here.
Use this card to help and if you are ever in a situation where you or your family are eating non-organic versions of the red side of this card wash them well! It won’t prevent all exposure but can help.