For most people, the short answer is, No. We know that eating organic leads to less pesticide and antibiotic exposure, but nutritionally, they are about the same. The two main reasons I recommend Organic are not necessarily to avoid the steroids and antibiotics in meats and milk.** I do like pesticide free produce, especially with children. However, there is plenty of non-organic produce that is low in pesticides (see list below), and a quick wash before eating will take care of that. Again, please check it out.
The number one reason I recommend Organic food is TASTE. Once you begin eating organic you discover that there is a heightened flavor profile in organic meats, produce, milk and eggs. Four very distinctive items in the produce section are apples, bananas, sweet potato, and broccoli. It’s fun to experiment and find your own organic favorites.
So, eat organic for flavor, less pesticides, and one other possible benefit. Studies have shown that for people with certain allergies, eating organic allows them to eat a wider variety of foods. But of course, there is the elephant in the room.
Price! Yes, organic foods tend to be pricier; but there are still organic choices you can make which will not break the bank. Some choices in this category would be, leafy greens, coffee, eggs, and certain produce. Just begin at your own pace and begin to mix it up. Organic food will certainly make eating your meals more enjoyable.
Below is a short list of low and high pesticide foods.
Low pesticide produce: Avocados, cantaloupe, pineapple, broccoli, cabbage, and corn.
High levels of pesticide residues: Strawberries, spinach, grapes, apples, tomatoes, and celery.
** Our independent research was the catalyst for this statement. We encourage all consumers to
do their own research to guide their decisions for the best food choices for their family.