Monday, November 17, 2008


Keep it simple! In the article "The Best Organics for the Buck" (O Magazine October 13, 2008), Karen Springen outlines the most important organic foods to focus on buying when you're tight with money. I know, I know, it's one more thing to worry about. I thought so too, and I also thought organic food was for hippies or rich people. But studies show that organic food is more nutritious, so it's worth the extra cost. The more nutrition you can get when your chronically ill the better able you are to manage your disease. And even if you're not chronically ill, the sooner you start eating organic food or locally grown food the better. Karen recommends the following specific organic food investments (investments for long-term health)!

In the article Karen recommends if you drink a lot of milk, it's good to buy milk organic. "There are so many hormones and antibiotics in many brands of conventional milk" says environmental activist Deidre Imus. Studies show that organic milk can have more nutrients.

The Environmental Working Group has found the following fruits and vegetables have the highest level of pesticides "cranberries, nectarines, peaches, strawberries, pears, apples...sweet bell peppers, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, peas, and lettuce. Some of the least contaminated fruits are those with removable peels, like bananas, citrus fruits, pineapple, mango, and avocado." (O magazine, p.78).


MA said...

I thought organic food was for hippies too... lol :)

Brittany said...

I agree....I also thought organic food was for the $Rich$ or hippies. But it is also a very good idea to always ALWAYS wash your fruits and vegetables before eating/cooking to wash those pesky pesticides away if you happen to buy the regular stuff.

Em said...

Thanks Brit for the added tip. It is good to wash your produce really well and dry it with a clean towel.

Disability Blogger said...

I have a brother-in-law (well, actually my wife's brother-in-law) and he runs a large farming operation in upstate NY. He told me that a lot of the requirements U.S. farmers are held to don't exist in other countries. In other words, always wash your fruits and vegetables. You never know where they might be from, or what pesticides are on them.