Going organic? One of the many reasons why health-conscious people are sometimes not ready to switch to eating organic food is actually more a matter of economics rather than of choice.
Organic products cost much more, sometimes as high as 70% higher than their commercial counterparts. One major reason is that in order to be labeled organic, farmers must follow strict regulations in raising fruits and vegetables. Another reason is because unlike conventional farm produce, organic farming is more labor-intensive and entails smaller-scale production.
If you’re planning to go organic but feel that you can’t afford it, you can still make do with commercially-harvested greens and edibles. While many farm produce nowadays have traces of pesticide residues, there are still good choices to be made out there, notably on food items which have the lowest traces of chemicals.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a Washington-based nonprofit environmental research organization dedicated to promoting organic food, improving public health and environmental protection, identified twelve of the best fruits and veggies with the least pesticide content. EWG based the list on the results of over 40,000 tests done on sample produce by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration during a five-year span.
Here is what EWG recommends, starting with the edible that has the least chemical traces:
- Onions (surprise!)
- Sweet Corn-Frozen
- Sweet Peas-Frozen
Of course, just because these are on the list doesn’t mean they require minimal or no preparation for consumption. As usual, thorough preparation is needed before they land on the cooking pot or on the dinner plate. For instance, outer leaves of cabbage should be discarded while eggplants skins should be peeled. Others, like mangoes and asparagus, need to be washed with running water, which is far better than plain soaking.
Having a healthy lifestyle might be quite heavy on the pocket, but alternatives such as these are highly recommended too. Eat your way to wellness by choosing the right kind of food-and you’ll surely be on your way to organic bliss.