When to Eat Organic?

Sunday, July 21, 2013

I'm not a health nut by all means nor am I an expert on this topic.  However a news article recently came out about the high amounts of pesticide residue that is found in strawberries and many of the fruits and vegetables my family eats and it really kind of terrified me.  As many of you thknow, Cohen is an extremely picky eater and there are only a few foods that I can get him to eat.  So if he is going to eat these foods quite frequently I decided I needed to make sure they were the highest quality that I could offer him.  Not only that but the fact that I'm pregnant I wanted to make sure that the food that I'm ingesting is going to be safe for her too.

So I started a little research...

Organic.com has a list on their website of the "Dirty Dozen" which are the fruits and vegetables that you should buy organic because the regular ones contain the highest pesticide residues.

Here's the list that they suggest:

I'll be honest with you - I'm not an organic shopper.  I do buy some things organic but you aren't going to go into my pantry and find 100% organic products.  (Let's be serious, the "organic" Cheetos totally don't cut it.)  But when it comes to produce, these are the products that I make sure to buy organic.  I also try to get organic blueberries and pears too.  In my area, there is a company that offers delivery of organic produce to your front door either weekly or bi-weekly.  I pay $35 for a small produce bin and get it delivered to my doorstep every other Wednesday.  It lasts us two weeks and I can choose and customize my produce based on my needs.  Plus it is all certified organic produce.
  (If you want more info email and I can give you the deets!)

I'm not telling you to go clean out your fridge and throw away any produce that you have that is listed that isn't organic.  But as a mom I'm sure you can relate with me about the everyday worries you have already for your children and wanting what is best for them.  Hopefully my little research project can help you out on your next grocery trip - or least keep these in mind the next time you head to buy produce!

Happy Family! :)

10 comments:

  1. That's a great list to have. Thanks! I would love to buy all organic if I could.

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  2. I bought all organic fruits and veggies when I made my own baby food, but now we're such a large family I haven't figured out who I can feed a family of 6 (4 being male) organic on our current budget.

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  3. I always mean to print out a sheet with the Dirty Dozen so I can make sure to get those organic. I'm printing it now so I remember to bring it this week!

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  4. yikes we buy apples and strawberries every week...and not organic. I will have to look into this.

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  5. Although it is expensive, I try to eat organic much as possible.

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  6. I try to buy the items on the "dirty dozen" list in the organic section at my grocery store. But like you, I am not a health nut!

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  7. I try to buy organic whenever I can. I didn't know about this list. Definitely something to keep in mind when shopping.

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  9. I've always wanted to join some type of food co-op but they're very expensive. $35 twice a month is actually really affordable.

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  10. We like to buy organic when we can. What I find frustrating is that my local stores NEVER carry organic versions of some of the items on this list. The co-ops in our area are OK, but not great. However, I may have to look into them again.

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