Organic food consumption is on the rise, and the availability out there has changed drastically in the last decade alone. No longer do you have to trek out to the middle of nowhere to get organic produce, and that has to be a good thing. The question is, should you be eating it exclusively?
I know many of you are strong believers in organic produce but for many others it isn’t as important but should it be? Over at Everyday Health, nutritionist Bonnie Taub-Dix raises some interesting points such regarding the organic vs conventional debate such as are they actually healthier options? She brings up the subject of locality and the fact that some organic produce get flown half way around the globe to reach you. Of course, local food should retain more nutrients but could be full of pesticides.
I once asked Nadia Brydon, senior therapist at The Haven (a breast cancer support center in Fulham, London) on her thoughts about organic food and her main concern was that sometimes organic produce available to buy may be a lot less fresh than the conventional ones, just because fewer people buy it so stores may stock less frequently.
Ultimately we all agree on one thing, it is much more important to eat fresh fruit and vegetables than to not eat it at all. Taub-Dix suggests you choose organic with the “dirty dozen”, a list of fruit and vegetables that was shown to have the highest levels of pesticides.
And regarding that organic dessert, a treat once in a while is probably better than eating the whole cake.
Organic vs Conventional Produce: How Should You Choose? | Everyday Health
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