Updated: Jul 18, 2019
You likely are no stranger to the benefits of organic foods over conventionally grown foods -- organic foods aren't allowed to be cultivated with nasty pesticides, synthetic growth hormones and GMOs. But perhaps the price tags of organic items make you wonder if it's possible to fill your cart with only organic items.
There are many benefits of eating more organic food, like lowering your exposure to hormone-disrupting toxins. The costs of healthcare are more astronomical now than ever, so it makes great sense to take better care of yourself through nourishing foods that don't have harmful agents in them. I personally would rather pay the farmer now than the hospitals and pharmaceutical companies later.
Going organic can have a bit of a higher price tag, but it is worth it in the long run. If going all organic isn't an option, you can still take small steps to get safer food on your table.
Here are a few tips to help you on your next grocery run:
Feed your kids organic as often as possible
Because kids are still in a crucial period of growing, if you have to make sacrifices in your budget for organics, then you could just buy organic for your children to start. Those pesticides and growth hormones can affect their growing bodies. You can start by picking up long-lasting produce that won't go bad quickly, so you aren't throwing money down the drain.
Go organic on meat and dairy items
Conventionally-raised livestock is given synthetic growth hormones, and they're fed grains that contain GMOs. If that's not concern enough, these animals are often kept in inhumane conditions. If you do choose to eat meat, choose organic meats from farms that have an excellent reputation. Look for grass fed and grass finished or gluten free on the label. If it doesn’t have this information, the animals may have been fattened up with grains just before going to market. You can contact me about this FB link to purchase higher quality meats and dairy: https://www.facebook.com/events/874864559540216/?notif_t=plan_user_invited¬if_id=1563370719334409
Even fruits and vegetables
Good information to know -even fruits that have peels that you don't eat can absorb the pesticides they're sprayed with. It's even more critical when it comes to fruits and vegetables where you do eat the skin. Check out the EWG's yearly Clean 15 / Dirty Dozen list to see what items you should definitely be purchasing organic, and which items have the lowest amount of pesticides where you can skip the organic label.
GMO's cause a host of problems so it's a good idea to avoid them. Just a few years ago, GMO's weren't as widely understood as they are today. Because of this awakening, it's quite simple to find GMO-free products, primarily because they're clearly labeled. So lucky for you, it's not difficult to make sure you are getting GMO-free items before you head to the check-out aisle!
So yes, going organic everywhere is really best for your benefit, but especially important for your kids. And if money is a factor, consider shopping for produce at your local farmer's market where you can get organically-grown produce which has the added benefit of being local too. Remember to ask the grower if they are organic. Don’t assume that because they are local that they are organic.
You can also join a co-op where everyone pitches in for fresh organic produce from local farms. There are options f