Today’s markets offer so many organic options that it can be overwhelming sometimes. What makes the organic version of a particular food better than their non-organic counterpart? Typically, it’ll be a lack of pesticides and chemicals. One rule of thumb to keep in mind is that if you eat a fruit or vegetable with the skin on, opt for the organic version of it.
To help give you a better idea of some foods you may want to watch out for, here’s our list of foods you should consider buying organic, and why you should buy them that way.
Certain fruits: Apples, Strawberries and Peaches
With so many bugs and fungi that are attracted to fruits such as apples, strawberries and peaches, the number of pesticides used on them is rather high. Due to the amount of chemicals used on them, opting for the organic version of your favorite fruit can be quite a bit healthier for you.
Wine, Juices and Sauces
Just as pesticides can reside with fruits that are naturally prone to bugs and fungi, consider going organic for some of your favorite products made from those fruits such as wine, juices or sauces.
Milk and other animal by-products we regularly consume can possibly be harmful to us as it can transfer hormones from the animal to the consumer. For example, if the dairy cows have been treated with hormones to stimulate milk production, we can end up drinking them and increasing our food-based estrogen intake.
While pesticides may not be much of a threat to peanuts, you still run into additives that can make a non-natural version less healthy for you. Hydrogenated oils and sugars are added to the spread, but when you opt for organic (or natural), you have pureed peanuts and possibly some salt – and that’s it. The oil on top of natural peanut butter is just nut oil that occurs naturally with peanuts.