Calendar Recipe Box Shopping List Address Book
      
 
 

Is Organic Produce Important?

Is Organic Produce Important?


Know when and what to buy at the organic market.


By FamilyTime

  Print: Full Page
Text Only
  Email: Article
   Find: More Articles


The idea of organic fruits and vegetables is appealing. Who doesn’t want the purest, cleanest, and most delicious food for their family? Yet, organic food often is more expensive than other produce and so it’s tough to know when to spend the extra dollars.

Help is here! Consumer groups and food scientists have examined the produce grown in the U.S. and elsewhere to determine which specimens are the most heavily saturated with pesticides and which are relatively free of them. Using their guidelines, we have assembled information about what to buy.

While recent evidence reveals that non-organic food is not dangerous, many of us like to feed our families organically when possible. Investing in organic fruits and vegetables makes good sense for the health of the planet, too, which is always a win-win.

Buy Organic….

If you can, buy organic peaches, pears, strawberries, raspberries, nectarines, cherries, apples, imported grapes, spinach, celery, winter squash, potatoes, and bell peppers.

These fruits and vegetables are on just about every list of foods with high saturations of pesticides. Most pesticides wash off, of course, but you may prefer to  avoid them if at all possible.

Skip Organic….

The fruits and vegetables that rate high on the lists as having the lowest contamination from pesticides are corn, avocados, sweet peas, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, onions, kiwi, mango, kiwi, papaya, bananas, and pineapples.

Certainly, you may want to buy these items as certified organic, but there are far fewer pesticides on them and so they are a good bet regardless of how they are labeled.

When You Buy….

Purchase fresh-looking fruits and vegetables. If they are grown near home, organic or not, all the better.

Locally grown produce most likely have been picked recently and have not been handled by a lot of middle men. Also, fruits and vegetables that do not have to travel long distances do not have to be grown in heavily treated soil that insures they “hold up” during the journey.

Before Eating….

All fruits and vegetables, regardless of whether they are organic, should be washed before eating. Some experts estimate that as many as 20 people may have handled a lot of the produce that you put in your shopping cart.

Rinse off fruit and vegetables that need peeling before you peel them. Clean all other produce in cool, drinkable water. A good dunking will remove nearly all the pesticides. Double washing removes even more.

Special washes touted as being designed to rid the produce of chemicals are wastes of money. If you are diligent about washing everything in cool, clean water, you will be home free. Dishwashing liquid is not necessary, either.

Even produce that says it is “pre-washed” should be rinsed. This goes for lettuce mixes packed in plastic bags. A lettuce spinner makes this easy.

Fresh, whole fruits and vegetables are the least “processed” of all foods in the market. Plus, they are extremely good for us. Eat as many as you can — you won’t be sorry!



Enter your email address to receive delicious, family-friendly recipes, exciting promotions, helpful articles and more delivered right to your mailbox. What could be better?





HyperLink


Let's Juice!
Freshly made vegetable and fruit juices are terrific sources of energy and nutrients. Plus, they're absolutely delicious!
View Full Article

Keep Your Family’s Food Supply Safe
A simple rinse in cool, clean water renders fruits and vegetables ready to eat.
View Full Article

7 Ways to Make the Most of the Farmer’s Market
Take advantage of these markets to augment what you harvest from your own garden.
View Full Article

Grilling into the Fall
Grilled vegetables and fruit taste as good in the cold weather as on warmer days.
View Full Article

Beyond Orange Juice
Full of vitamins and other nutrients, oranges brighten up nearly any meal.
View Full Article





Fresh Fruit Salad
A wonderful fresh fruit salad that friends and family can enjoy!



Lean Cuisine Roast Turkey with Vegetables and Savory Herbs
A savory herb impact is sure to be a hit with those fresh herb lovers in your family. Just stir in freshly chopped sage or thyme. Serve with cool pre-diced fruit from your grocer`s produce section.



Fresh Fruit Lemonades
Fresh lemonade and cookies--what could be better?



Spinach and Fresh Fruit Salad
Raspberry vinegar gives the light, basil vinaigrette dressing a fresh accent that brings out the best in the spinach and fruit.



Meringues with Fresh Fruit
This wonderful dessert is the perfect way to enjoy all the fruits the new season brings us.


 
Tagged With: organic, vegetables, fruit, produce, fresh, health
  









 
Simply fill out the required fields to begin enjoying the benefits of FamilyTime.com – it’s fast and it’s free.
* required



 
 
Concerned about privacy? Rest assured, we never sell or share your personal information.
See our Privacy Policy.
//