Thursday, June 13, 2013

Top 10 foods to always buy organic- even if you're on a budget

Do you know what your putting in your mouth? Most people will eat conventional produce and not even bat an eye. It's because they are not educated on the harmful pesticides and additives that their food contains. Take a look at my quick guide to clean eating and see for yourself why you may want to pay the extra twenty cents for that Organic basket of strawberries. check out this site for my information.

1. Grains
Conventional grains are known to contain 15 pesticide residues according to the USDA Pesticide Program. They have even been known to carry carcinogens and neurotoxins that are linked to many health problems. Why buy them organic? Organic whole grains can reduce the risk of chronic diseases, stroke and heart disease.

2. Soy, Tofu Edamame

Please be aware that 90 percent of soybeans sold in the United States are genetically-modified. 

According to Dr. Joseph Mercola of the Natural Health Center, “Since the introduction of genetically engineered foods in 1996, we've had an upsurge in low birth weight babies, infertility, and other problems in the U.S., and animal studies have shown devastating effects from genetically engineered soy including allergies, sterility, birth defects, and offspring death rates up to five times higher than normal.” 

Always buying organic soy will ensure that you avoid genetically modified crops as well as neurotoxins such as Chlorpyrifos and Malathion.

3. Milk

If you consume dairy, it’s important to be aware that 20 percent of the milk in the U.S. comes from cows who have received a genetically-engineered hormone called Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH). 

4. Beef

If you eat meat, it’s important to be aware that conventional meat contains hormones, antibiotics, and pesticides. There are pesticides found in meats and poultry because cows and other animals eat feed grown using synthetic fetilizers and herbicides, But the main reason that studies and most experts say you should buy organic meat is because of the dangers of hormones, antibiotics and additives which have been linked to cancer and other harmful heath effects.

5. Apples

They were ranked highest on the list of pesticides in produce. According to Pesticide Action Network’s website  88 percent of conventional apples contain residues of Thiabendazole, a possible carcinogen. Even after a good wash, a conventional apple still contains traces of toxic chemicals. You can avoid these by buying organic apples.

6. Cherries

The USDA Pesticide Data Program found 42 pesticide residues on cherries including carcinogens and neurotoxins that can cause nervous tissue damage. But don’t give up yet! Cherries are a good source of fiber and vitamin C, and they are also full of potassium. Just be sure to check whether your cherries are organic before purchasing them.

7. Peaches

These furry fruits may be tasty, but conventional peaches can contain 62 chemicals that are carcinogens, suspected hormone disruptors, neurotoxins and developmental or reproductive toxins! That’s more than most fruits and veggies! Be sure to make sure your peaches are organic. Craving something sweet but can’t find or afford organic peaches at your store? Buy a conventional cantaloupe. It’s less likely to contain nasty pesticide residue.

8. Potatoes

conventional potatoes often contain neurotoxin chemicals that can cause mental and emotional changes, vision loss and weakness or numbness in arms and legs. Maybe switch to sweet potatoes instead. They are full of antioxidants and are considered a clean vegetable, free of toxic residues.

9. Spinach and Kale

this superfood also tests positive for a whopping 48 pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program. They found that spinach contains carcinogens, neurotoxins and developmental or reproductive toxins.

10. Strawberries

Conventional strawberries can contain many types of pesticide residue including Captan, a probable human carcinogen that causes rats to develop tumors.

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