You may have always passed that section in the produce isle with the expensive fruits and vegetables labeled “organic”. You may have even turned your nose up towards it and scoffed at all the people spending the extra dollar or two more; what’s the difference? You’re buying your salad mix and strawberries this is good enough for you - right? Well, did you ever TRY organic foods? If you do, the taste alone may help you change your mind. While organic foods might cost more than your average grocery store foods, there are a number of reasons you should consider making the switch.
As mentioned before, organic foods taste so much better; the flavors are more enhanced and less bland than your produce that is not organic. Research suggests that organic foods are higher in nutritional content because they are not sprayed down with harmful toxins. This allows the plants to produce their natural phytochemicals that help ward off bugs and disease in the way they were
intended to, naturally. Therefore, you get more taste and more nutrients when you buy organic.
Remember, whatever the plants absorb, you’re absorbing. Organic foods are not sprayed down with harmful pesticides and there are no synthetic fertilizers used to grow them. Conventional produce is sprayed with chemicals that kill EVERYTHING except the plant itself. So think about it, the plant and its fruit absorbs all those toxins, and eventually it ends up on your plate or in your child’s mouth. More good news, organic foods are GMO free, meaning they are not genetically modified and they are not paired with any harmful chemicals like Round Up or Agent Orange. GMO foods have been proven to be extremely harmful and thankfully they are now being recognized as dangerous. More and more food labels are advertising that they are GMO free, and buying organic is just one other way to avoid them.
Buying organic isn’t only a better choice for you and your family, it’s more beneficial for the environment. Eventually, everything ends up in the ocean. All the harmful substances that are sprayed on crops and all the chemicals in the synthetic fertilizers leak into aquifers below, which are then drained into rivers and lakes. Over time, these chemicals make their way into the oceans, killing off organisms in its path and surrounding area. These toxins are engineered to kill, and they will do just that wherever they wind up.
Organic foods also ensure that no super strains of bacteria, bugs or diseases develop in the environment. Nature adapts, and when harmful chemicals are introduced, organisms will adapt and become resistant. This is the same reason you may hear that antibiotics and prescription medications aren’t all they are hyped up to be, because not fighting off sickness naturally, when possible, allows for organisms and germs to become stronger and more resilient.
Yes, organic foods do cost more money than conventional foods. However, there are certain stores in our area that offer a wide variety of products for less dough. Here’s a short list of some great locations:
Trader Joe’s in Garden City
Health Nuts in Westbury
Natural Market in Garden City
Whole Foods Market in Jericho and Manhasset
If you still aren’t convinced, or if you just can’t break your budget, keep in mind that there are some foods that are more prone to absorb the toxic pesticides being sprayed on them, and these are the foods you should absolutely try to buy organic, even if you can’t make your entire shopping spree toxic free.
Here is that list, known as The Dirty Dozen:
Strawberries, apples, nectarines, peaches, celery, grapes, cherries, spinach, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers.
So if you can’t make the switch, keep this list saved and try to buy these items organic at the very least.
Unfortunately, too many of our loved ones are diagnosed with cancer and become ill with new strands of diseases that are incurable, and many have put the blame on our foods. Children suffering from food allergies are at an all time high, and scary enough, children from other countries don’t have the same issues as our kids here in the USA. We arrogantly boast that we are the best country in the world, yet many chemicals we use on our foods are banned in most parts of the world. Consider spending a little more money and possibly saving on medical expenses in the long run. Plus, I promise you, the organic food tastes amazing.