Ever consider eating organic foods as part of a healthy diet? Here’s some info on how to add them to your diet. Organic foods are not sprayed or treated with pesticides or other chemicals. Organic produce can be more flavorful than treated varieties but be aware that they may not last as long in the fridge. Organic fruits, veggies, grains, and more can be found in popular supermarkets, green and farmer’s markets, health food stores and through food coops. To reduce chemicals in your foods, shop for produce in season and avoid items most heavily sprayed.
Use the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list as a guide: Buying organic varieties of these: peaches, apples, bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, kale, lettuce, imported grapes, carrots and pears. The produce least likely to be contaminated: Onions, avocados, frozen sweet corn, pineapples, mangoes, asparagus, kiwis, cabbages, eggplants, papayas, watermelons, broccoli, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes. You may want to include some of these varieties in next year’s home garden.