Is organic worth the cost?

Recently you may have been walking through your local grocery store and wondered if you should buy a product that is organic. You want what is best for your family but is it worth the extra cost? I have often asked myself this question over the years. You may hear critics say you are throwing your money down the drain by spending extra money or organic products. Today, I will hopefully clear up some of this confusion from my experience with organic products.   I can tell you, eating organic does not always offer you the best value.  With that being said, I often do choose to eat organic especially with most of the vegetables I eat.

A lot of critics focus on the nutrient density of organics versus conventionally grown products. Nutrient density is often determined by the soil the produce is grown in. Organic farms tend to replenish the mineral content of their soil better than conventional farms do. From my research, organics due tend to have a slightly higher nutrient density over conventional products.

The real value of organics is what is not in them. By this I mean a significantly reduced pesticide and insecticide concentration in your food. One study showed organic fruits and vegetables had on average 180 times lower pesticide content than conventional products.  These are toxins I do not want my family or myself consuming. The best way to support toxins not being put on the food you eat is to buy organic and support organic farms with your hard earned dollars. 

Now that you better understand the value of organic products lets talk about when you should go organic and when you should not. As a general rule, remember if you are eating the outside of a fruit or vegetable it is usually best to go organic. For example, with bananas and avocados you do not consume the peel so those would not have to be organic.  Not perfect, but it is a simple and fairly accurate way to remember what should be purchased organic. 

To get the most bang for your buck when it comes to buying organic, you may have heard of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen. This is a list that shows you the most and least pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables. This is according to the Environmental Working Groups list.

The Dirty Dozen includes:  
•    Peaches
•    Apples
•    Sweet Bell Peppers
•    Celery
•    Nectarines
•    Strawberries
•    Cherries
•    Pears
•    Grapes
•    Spinach
•    Lettuce
•    Potatoes

The Clean Fifteen:
•    Avocados
•    Asparagus
•    Cabbage
•    Cantaloupe
•    Cauliflower
•    Eggplant
•    Grapefruit
•    Kiwi
•    Mangoes
•    Onions
•    Papayas
•    Pineapples
•    Sweet corn (Buy organic to prevent consuming Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs
•    Sweet peas
•    Sweet potatoes

Some other products I would suggest you buy organic would be eggs, chicken, coffee, diary and chocolate. I am sure there are others, but you can contact me if you are unsure about whether you should buy a food organic or not. Make sure the food you are buying has the USDA organic logo on the package. 

I hope this has been helpful, and you now see more clearly how buying organic can improve you and your families health. Also, how to better select organic products that will offer the biggest bang for your buck. 

Please leave your comments below and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. If you would like to learn more about organics I recommend this book.

Remember, you can spend money now to stay healthy, or you can spend it later to regain your health. I hope you will choose to invest in your health today.