Buying (some) organic is the new black

First of all, I have to sincerely apologize for my lack of posts lately. It's been a bit of a rough few months as I have been quite sick and I have also been in the process of packing up my entire house to move. Life has been absolutely, completely, totally C-R-A-Z-Y to say the least but here I am finallllly and I'm so sorry once again. :)

Okay I really, really want to talk about buying produce...fruits and vegetables to be precise. 

So what does the term 'organic' reallllly mean? Organic refers to an ecological method of agricultural production that respects the natural environment. Organic food focuses on enhancing the health and vitality of the soil, preserving biodiversity, promoting animal welfare and preserving the ecological integrity of our environment. No synthetic fertilizers, synthetic pesticides or genetically modified organisms are permitted in organics. 

 Some of my favourite organic fruits & veggies! 

Some of my favourite organic fruits & veggies! 

In a nutshell....

organic =

no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or genetically modified organisms!

Fertilizers and pesticides are TOXIC and have been linked to hormone disruption, cancer and toxicity. I'm sure you may have heard of the 'Dirty Dozen' list and the 'Clean Fifteen' list and if you haven't, then it's about time you learn! This information is so important to know when buying your produce and it can help you make educated decisions and purchases for yourself and your family. 

The Dirty Dozen is a list of foods that whenever possible, you should buy organic because of their high levels of pesticide residue and exposure. 

This list changes each year but generally most of the fruits and vegetables on this list are pretty consistent. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) highlights produce with the greatest loads of pesticides and these foods comprise this list. They are listed in order of contamination starting with those most contaminated. The 2015 'Dirty Dozen' list is as follows:

  1. Apples
  2. Peaches
  3. Nectarines
  4. Strawberries
  5. Grapes
  6. Celery 
  7. Spinach
  8. Sweet Bell Peppers
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry Tomatoes
  11. Snap Peas - Imported
  12. Potatoes
  13. Hot Peppers and Kale/Collard Greens.

 

The Clean Fifteen is a list of produce foods that have the lowest levels of pesticide residue and exposure. 

This list of produce is least likely to hold pesticide residues and relatively few pesticides were detected on these foods, and tests found low total concentrations of pesticides on them.The 2015 'Clean Fifteen' list is as follows:

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Sweet Peas - Frozen
  6. Onions
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangos
  9. Papayas
  10. Kiwi
  11. Eggplant
  12. Grapefruit
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Sweet Potatoes

It all boils down to your health, your wellness and making informed decisions. Buying organic is more expensive and no matter what, if you can't afford organic produce, it is still more important to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Don't rule them out even though they aren't organic. However, when buying your produce,  try to keep the 'Dirty Dozen' and 'Clean Fifteen' in mind. Your shift towards all organic produce may be gradual but you have to start somewhere. 

In my holistic nutrition studies, there is a focus on live, natural and good quality. I really want to share this with you...these are absolutely amazing words to live and eat by.

Live: it still contains live enzymes such as fresh fruit, vegetables and sprouts.

Natural: unprocessed, unrefined foods such as whole grains and legumes.

Good quality: grown in soil rich in essential nutrients such as organically grown foods (pesticide free and grown without synthetic fertilizers).