If you’re going the organic route, here’s 3 food groups I would spend the extra money on by buying organic. Going organic does cost more up front but the long term health benefits are invaluable.
Fruits and vegetables have penetrable skins which means not only are pesticides and herbicides coated on the outside but carried into the membranes of fruits andvegetables. Although washing the outside of your fruit may remove some of these pesticides and herbicides, the body still ingests many toxic chemicals that shouldn’t be consumed in the human diet.
List of fruits and vegetables to buy organic:
List of fruits and vegetables that are lower in pesticides and okay to buy non-organic:
Animals raised on organic farms are not allowed to be fed antibiotics, the bovine human growth hormone (rbGH), or other artificial drugs. Animals are also not allowed to eat genetically modified foods (GMO’s). USDA certified organic dairy products ensure that the animal lived in a healthy environment, was fed organic feed, and often eat a wide variety of foods rather than animals raised in factory farms.
USDA certified organic meat means that the animals were fed with 100% chemical free grasses or grains, the animals were never given antibiotics, growth hormones or fed other animal byproduct and the animals were given access to an outdoor environment. Another big reason to buy organic meat is that cloned meat is currently out on the market and the only way to know that you're not eating meat that was cloned is to buy organic. Cloning is a relatively new concept in food science and scientist don't know what the true health risks are so don't take the risk in eating meat that has been cloned! Always be a smart shopper and know that meat labeled as 100% “natural” does not mean it’s organic.