10 Organic Foods That Are Worth the Money
November 20, 2010
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The FDA states that more pesticides are found on apples than are found on any other fruit or vegetable -- a grand total of 36. One test found seven chemicals on a single apple. Sounds like a good reason to switch to pesticide-free organic produce to me.
Of course, if you do eat apples or any other fruit, use them sparingly and never consume them in the form of fruit juice, which is basically just a glass full of fructose.
- Baby Foods
An infant's immune system is less developed than an adult's, and more vulnerable. Nonorganic baby foods tend to use fruits and vegetables that have been treated with chemicals.
- Butter and Milk
Dairy cows eat grains that are heavily treated with chemicals, which show up in the milk. Non-organic milk can also contain bovine growth hormone and antibiotics.
However, RAW milk is nearly always better than organic milk if it is purchased from a conscious farmer. In that case, it may not be certified organic, but it will essentially be organic anyway, and drinking your milk raw is KEY. The linked article should have written loads about this difference, but failed entirely to do so.
Cantaloupes often are contaminated by five of the longest-lasting chemicals. Dieldrin, a very toxic and carcinogenic insecticide, still gets taken up through the cantaloupe's roots even though it was banned in 1974.
Cucumbers were ranked the 12th most contaminated food and the second in cancer risk due to their pesticide content.
Grapes get treated with numerous chemicals, especially Chilean grapes, which can be sprayed with as many as 17 of them. Grapes are also, whether organic or not, especially high in fructose -- you might want to consider eating the grape skins and leaving the grape itself alone.
- Green Beans
There are over 60 pesticides that are registered for use on green beans in the U.S.
The chemicals used to treat spinach may cause cancer or interfere with hormone production.
Strawberries are among the most contaminated of all produce. Once again, be wary of overdoing it with fructose when you eat fruit.
- Winter Squash
Winter squash, like cantaloupe, can absorb dieldrin from the soil.
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