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Organic foods: what to buy and what not

Organic foods: what to buy and what not


Organic foods have gained a lot of popularity in recent years, since the food industry was invaded by genetically modified products for increased profit. An organic diet means the consumption of 100% natural food, as poor as artificial sweeteners, additives, dyes, preservatives and pesticides.

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Here's what it is worth to buy and what not to buy from the organic food market.

As the budget allows fewer and fewer extravagant purchases, it is useful to find out which food options warrant a more consistent investment. Organic foods are more expensive than conventional foods, so their correct selection helps you save, without giving up health benefits.

Organic shopping

Here are the categories of foods that it is recommended to buy in the organic version:

  • Baby food: Pesticides can have a damaging effect on the baby's immune system, so it's important to look for the "organic" label when buying food for the little ones.
  • Beef: In the organic version, beef does not come from animals that have received growth hormones or excess antibiotics.
  • Milk: Common milk can come from cows stimulated with rBGH hormone for increased production.
  • Potatoes, peppers and carrots: these vegetables have not been treated with pesticides that are dangerous to health if they come in organic form.
  • Spinach and green salad: The leaves of these green vegetables can contain large amounts of pesticides.
  • Grapes: imported grapes are usually chemically treated; buy organic variants, especially if you consume their children or are pregnant.
  • Fruits: pears, strawberries, cherries, peaches and apples are most susceptible to pesticide residues and bacteria developed in the bark.

Conventional shopping

Here's what you can buy in the conventional version:

  • Broccoli and cabbage: they have very little exposure to pesticides and are consumed with leaves from the surface removed.
  • Bananas, pineapple and kiwi: The thick bark keeps the harmful substances away from the fruit.
  • Peas, asparagus, corn, onions: the top layers (bark, leaves) protect the core from pesticides and other dangerous substances.
  • Avocado: The thick bark is removed before consumption, so the fruit pulp is safe for health.

When buying organic products, look for the labels on the label: "100% organic", "organic" and "organic ingredients".