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Organic vs. Conventional

12 Mar Organic vs. Conventional

As if life isn’t already complicated enough.

Glad you asked.

Imagine yourself walking into the grocery store to buy some apples.

On your right, you see apples on SALE and then on your left, you see the same looking apples too.

You inch closer.

Aaahhh… they are organic!

And when you compare the prices – organic version is almost twice the price.

Holly Molly $#@!%

So, should you get the expensive healthy organic or cheaper conventional produce?

Why so complicated?

It’s just a freaking apple!

I know.

I used to question whether it’s worth forking the extra $$$ to eat more ‘healthy’. So here’s my take – 

# 1 Since organic is the healthier option, should you buy ALL ORGANIC?

 

Eating organic does not guarantee that you’re eating healthy. Here’s what I mean- 

Organic cereal laden with sugar.

Organic chips. 

Organic biscuit.

That aside, let’s focus on real food. 

Not saying that conventional produce is unhealthy.

Currently, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that organic foods are more nutritious.

The consumption of organic foods may reduce your exposure to synthetic residues of pesticides, growth hormones and antibiotics.

That’s the main message.

To reduce exposure to pesticide residues.

Because we have some evidences pointing towards the risk of pesticide and increased level of birth defect, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, AHDH etc. 

Which leads me to the next burning question-

# 2 Which ones are heavily contaminated with pesticide?

 

This is where Dirty Dozen & Clean 15 come into play.  

Dirty dozen list refers to highest pesticide loads whereas the clean fifteen list refers to least likely to contain pesticide residues.

At the time of writing-

Top three ‘dirty’ food from US : strawberries, apples, nectarines

Top three ‘clean’ food from US: avocado, sweet corn, pineapple

So,

# 3 Should you avoid all ‘dirty’ and eat only ‘clean’?

 

In any case, eating fresh fruits and veggies are always, ALWAYS a better choice rather than not eating at all.

Because the tremendous benefits of chowing fruits and veggies outweigh any potential risks from pesticide residues.

My rule of thumb-

  • Anything with a tough skin that can be peeled, I’ll go for the conventional produce.
  • If budget allows or if I’m lazy  to peel off the skin eg. grapes, I’ll go for the organic produce.
  • Otherwise, I’ll wash them by physically rubbing the skin, soaking with diluted apple cider vinegar or with salt water. 

 

Hope these information helps! Until we’ve more evidence, practice may change!

 

xo,

 

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