The cost of food is rising fast. And when it comes to organic it’s even worse. In fact, feeding your family nothing but organic foods can easily double or triple your grocery bill. Unfortunately, not many can afford this luxury.
Nevertheless, it is possible to get the “best of both worlds” as you’ll soon discover. And before we get into that, you have to appreciate why and when it’s important to buy organic in the first place.
For the most part, when you buy organic you’re getting a higher quality product. It’s free of dangerous chemicals and pesticides. More importantly, it’s not genetically modified (GMO). The latter point is critical because GMO’s are everywhere in our food supply. And while the experts insist they’re safe, the studies seem to tell a different story.
To be fair to both sides, the jury is still out. But my motto is (and one I recommend you adopt) why risk it? We know for sure that non GMO’s are not cancer causing. Doesn’t it make sense to stick to those as much as possible?
Now, if price wasn’t an issue it would be best if everything in your food cart was organic. But again, that’s not a reality for most people. With that said, there are foods you absolutely MUST buy organic and others you shouldn’t.
Apples are a prime example of the former. In fact, they’re rated as the #1 “dirtiest” food in terms of pesticide contamination. Others include lettuce and strawberries. On the other hand, fruits such as bananas and pineapples limit your exposure to harsh chemicals due to their thick skin which you obviously don’t eat. I believe they also need less pesticide to grow bug free.
The bottom line is, you can cut costs by splurging for certain foods while making the sacrifice for others. For a comprehensive list, visit organic.org.
Alright, so let’s say your budget really doesn’t allow you to buy organic. What then? You have two options:
- Buy local. There are farmer’s markets everywhere. And while many of these farms aren’t certified organic by the USDA (it can be prohibitively expensive for small operations to join this program) their products are just as good – if not better – than the organic ones you’ll find at the supermarket. It’s important to establish a relationship with a local farmer. You should even visit them to see how they grow the food and treat the animals. To find a farm near you, visit LocalHarvest.org.
- Use a vegetable wash. And while its effectiveness has been debated (i.e. it’s not certain this does more than rinsing with tap water) again, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Especially since it’s easy to make and use. Visit this wiki for simple instructions.
In the end, taking the time to make better food choices (as well as spending a bit more money where it’s called for) will go a long way to keeping your body healthy and fit. As they say, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own – so be sure to treat it as such.