Saturday, March 13, 2010

Should You Eat Organic?

Q: Should I buy organic foods while following your program? Are they really better?

A: Yes! While no research proves yet that organic foods are nutritionally better for you, there are several good reasons to buy organic. For one, such foods are wholesome รข€” and better for the environment! Produce that's labeled USDA Certified Organic is grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms, and organic meats and dairy products are free of antibiotics and growth hormones. Choosing organic foods also supports local farmers who use renewable resources and promote soil and water conservation.

The downside to buying organic is that because it costs farmers more to produce these foods, they're often more expensive than conventional products. So you may want to be selective about which organic foods you buy. When it comes to produce, the fruits and vegetables most likely to contain pesticide residues are the ones you'd rinse before eating, such as peaches, apples, berries, bell peppers, potatoes, and spinach. Nonorganic foods that have skins or husks you'd peel off, like bananas, oranges, avocados, and sweet peas, are less likely to be contaminated. But whether or not you go organic, the most important thing is that your food choices are healthy ones!

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