Nutrition

The Pros & Cons of Organic Foods

Shopping and eating organic is one of the largest evolutions of our modern time.  More organic food items are showing up in grocery stores every day and farmers markets are popping up in cities everywhere. What is the real deal when it comes to organic food? Let’s weigh some pros and cons on eating organic.

Pros:

  • The food is pure, fresh, and in its most natural state.
  • There are no harmful chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides used, so food and handling is safe for you and the farmer.
  • Foods that are organic, claim to be more nutrient rich and contain higher levels of anti-oxidants and other vitamins and minerals.
  • Organic meats, cheeses, eggs, and dairy products are supposed to be completely free range and void of antibiotics and added hormones

Cons:

  • Organic foods tend to be quite expensive and on average cost almost 60%more for produce and almost 100% more for meat and dairy products.
  • Recent studies have found that nutrient levels in organic produce equaled that of non-organic produce.
  • Another recent study found that organic produce still contained pesticide residue although it did contain less than non-organic items. The study found that 25% of organic produce had at least trace amounts of pesticides, while 77% of non-organic produce had the same levels of pesticides.

Still confused? I know I am. The idea of buying healthy more nutrient-rich food for yourself and loved ones sounds great, but the price you pay for these “healthier” food can be ridiculous at times. The list below helps remedy this problem. I have listed the top 12 most contaminated, pesticide-rich foods that you can buy in the grocery store, along with the top 12 least contaminated foods.

Next time you go shopping take this list with you and weigh the pros and cons, so you can make the most educated choice for yourself and your family.

12 Most Contaminated Foods

*  Peaches
*  Apples
*  Sweet Bell Peppers
*  Celery
*  Nectarines
*  Strawberries
*  Cherries
*  Pears
*  Grapes (Imported)
*  Spinach
*  Lettuce
*  Potatoes
12 Least Contaminated Foods

*  Onions
*  Avocado
*  Sweet Corn (Frozen)
*  Pineapples
*  Mango
*  Asparagus
*  Sweet Peas (Frozen)
*  Kiwi Fruit
*  Bananas
*  Cabbage
*  Broccoli
*  Papaya

Yours in health,

Dr. Justin Hildebrand

Information from http://www.organic.org/articles/showarticle/article-214  and http://www.insideyourdiet.com/886/the-pros-and-cons-of-eating-organic-food

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