The Top 15 Foods to Buy Organic. ~ Stefanie DeWysockie

Via on Mar 22, 2013
Photo: Alanthebox
Photo: Alanthebox

Is paying for that “organic” label really worth it?

Let’s face it, with how high food prices are today and the fact that they continue to rise is hard enough to digest without going organic. Buying organic can almost double or triple your bill at check out. So is it worth it?

It is.

Certain foods should be bought organic to protect you and your loved ones. Only through buying certified organic can you be sure you aren’t consuming products that have been irradiated, genetically modified, cloned or that contain, chemicals, preservatives, hormones and antibiotics.

Studies have shown that growth hormones given to animals can cause early puberty in girls as well as an increased risk of breast and prostate cancer, while antibiotics can lower your immune system making you more susceptible to microorganisms, potentially causing you to get sick more easily.

A recent study conducted by Stanford University reports that buying organic food is no healthier than buying conventional and that organic products have still been found to have a small amount of pesticide in them. But there are many other reasons to go organic aside from pesticides such as those listed above. If you can cut down on your pesticide intake—which is what buying certified organic does—rather than buying conventional and ingesting larger amounts, why wouldn’t you?

To cut down on the grocery bill and the potential harmful effects choose organic with these 15 foods:

1.) Lettuce and leafy greens

2.) All berries

3.) Apples

4.) Pears

5.) Peaches

6.) Nectarines

7.) Tomatoes

8.) Potatoes

9.) Celery

10.) Grapes

11.) Peppers

12.) Meat

13.) Milk

14.) Eggs

15.) Yogurt and cultured smoothies

The most important things to buy organic are lettuce and leafy greens, vegetables, fruits and berries that have a thin membrane where chemicals and pesticides can easily enter. Also milk, meat, eggs, yogurt and cultured smoothies because of hormones and antibiotics.

Sources:

The Effects of Growth Hormones in Food, March 13, 2011.

The Effects of Pesticides in Food, September 2, 2010.

Safer Food for a Healthier You, December 8, 2008.

Stephanie-DeWysockieDeWysockie is the owner of Taken Back to Nature, LLC, and a holistic health practitioner, yoga and prenatal yoga instructor, writer and author. She loves nature and creating; she makes skin care products without harmful chemicals or preservatives and works in her field as a health and fitness counselor. You can follow her at www.takenbacktonature.com or www.facebook.com/holistichealthnow.

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7 Responses to “The Top 15 Foods to Buy Organic. ~ Stefanie DeWysockie”

  1. Elaron says:

    The 'scientific' information that you have listed above is inaccurate. Here is a link to an article that can address this concern. The Center for Disease Control found no conclusive evidence to suggest that this isolated group of women in Puerto Rico had early menstruation due to hormones from their food. Also, this happened in the 1980's. You are going to need to keep up with the times and find much, much more recent information to base your claims on.
    http://envirocancer.cornell.edu/factsheet/diet/fs
    As far as antibiotics 'lowering' your immune system, this is also inaccurate. That is not how antibiotics work and that is not how the immune system works. Nothing is getting 'lowered', that doesn't even make sense from an immunologic standpoint. Antibiotics are used to treat microbial infections and in no way negatively impact your immune system. If you are on routine antibiotics prescribed from a doctor for long periods of time, it is possible to contract a secondary infection. Giving animals antibiotics is used as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of infection. I cannot find any evidence to suggest that eating products from animals treated with antibiotics is dangerous other than the possibility that an antibiotic-resistant strain of microbe contaminated the food, which is entirely possible for ANY food that we eat that comes from ANYWHERE, including organically grown food and food from your own garden (and not just meat or dairy, but also plants like spinach, if you recall the E.coli outbreak). Antibiotics are important for improving the quality of our food and keeping it safe, which involves treatment with a compound that can prevent the growth of microbes in it during transport to your grocery store with, yes, antibiotics. Here is an article for that as well. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/1203

    • Stefanie says:

      There are studies that have found evidence and it does not matter how old the study is as long as we can learn from it.
      http://www.articlesbase.com/medicine-articles/how

      • Martin says:

        Stephanie

        While your statement is correct that old studies should not be disregarded, they should however still be under the scrutiny of the scientific process. As technology advances, data from old studies can be shown to be inaccurate. As for the link you included in your response I have several issues. Remember in high school when we were taught to do a research project and the teachers stressed the importance of citing reputable sources? well, your link is not one of them. It is written by a non-medical professional who claims the be a "colloidal silver evangelist." colloidal silver is an effective in treating bacterial infections because due to its toxicity to microorganisms. However, silver is a heavy metal and is also toxic to humans, and it has been shown to accumulate in the body with oral use. Reputable sources include searches done on pubmed ( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed ), or any other search engine that links you to articles written by scientists and have gone through a peer review process. You may even use Google Scholar as this links to highly reputable sources. This article would never appear in either of these search engines. Even sites like MayoClinic.com or webmd give decent information on health related topics. Always consider the source of your reading material, especially when it comes to scientific content. So, In light of the source of your article I wont go into detail on how the content of it is scientifically inaccurate, however if you are interested I would be happy to help clear up the issue for you.

        A PhD Scientist

      • Martin says:

        I apologize for misspelling your name and the typos in my reply

        • Stefanie says:

          Thank you for your comments. Please say more if you’d like. I agree about the sources being reputable and actually used WebMd for this article. I will definitely do some research on the site you suggested, thank you.

    • Lisa says:

      There is no question that there are studies out there (highly funded and publicized, I might add) that dispute that hormones and antibiotics aren't bad for us. As much as I would like to go with the herded masses and believe that the greater good is on the minds of large corporations like Monsanto, alas, I cannot. It would be irresponsible to ignore the evidence before us and often in our own lives. Yes, antibiotics can defeat certain illness faster than our bodies can without assistance, and they may be able to reduce cost for the farmers who try to fight infection while maintaining unbelievably high production demands. Overexposure to these antibiotics has great consequences that are undeniable – creating the need for daily probiotics in most Americans (readers take heed), and an increase in gut dysfunction including a tremendous increase in autoimmune disorders and leaky gut disorder. The defense of hormones in our food and milk supply makes me question motive and sensibility. To increase production and profit at the potential expense of consumer health is offensive. With young children, I'm not willing to take the risk, despite the quoted CDC claim of "no solid proof". No thank you. Stefanie – I'm with you!

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