Monday, March 12, 2012
Since I started becoming more health conscious and trying to cut out as much processed food as possible, I'm constantly doing research and reading up on foods; what to eat, when to eat it, what kind to choose, etc. I was convinced before that eating healthy was too expensive and spent very little of my grocery budget on perishable items. Now, I spend the majority of my time at the grocery store in the peripheral areas - produce, dairy, etc - everything but the middle aisles where all of the processed items are generally located.
Something that I'm reading more and more about are organic products. Sometimes, when I find organic products on sale for a good price I'll give them a try and compare them to what I'm used to (brown rice, canned pumpkin, nuts are a few examples of organic items I've tried). I've come across lists that detail the "dirty dozen" produce items that contain the most pesticides (I can remember celery, spinach, kale, apples, blueberries all being on that last). On the other hand, I've read that some produce items that have in inedible outer layer are safe to buy unorganic (avocados, grapefruit, kiwi, banana) because the pesticides are not coming in contact with the actual edible parts of the plant.
When you grow up never hearing of what organic food is and never thinking twice about it, it's a lot to take in! It's difficult to know what choices are the right ones, and which ones are really worth it. I'm still processing a lot of this new information and trying to make the best decisions for my health.
Do you buy organic items? I'm really interested in what others think and what products you think are absolutely worth going organic for. When I bought the organic canned pumpkin, it was a beautiful bright orange color and bursting with a clean, pure 'pumpkin' flavor; I could totally tell the difference from just buying a can of regular old pumpkin. What products can you tell a noticeable difference in buying unorganic/organic?