Smiling like Sunshine: The most important foods to buy organic

Thursday, 26 May 2011

The most important foods to buy organic

Do you prefer buying organic food? We made it a priority since it is very important to avoid pesticides and other chemicals  during fetal development and early childhood.
In the UK, most of the organic veg and fruits  are available in grocery chains. The prices of some of the products are equal to the conventional ones and some are more pricey.
I remember there was a list about which produce to buy organic and which conventionally grown ones are okay to buy. To refresh my memory, I found it and thought I would share it here, too.
You can find the list of the Dirty Dozen (products you should buy organic) and the Clean 15 (lowest in pesticides) here. It is compiled by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit organization in the US.
According to EWG,while washing and rinsing fresh produce can reduce levels of some pesticides, it does not eliminate them. Peeling also reduces exposures, but valuable nutrients often go down the drain with the peel. The best option is to eat a varied diet, wash all produce, and choose organic when possible to reduce exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.