Eating organic gets a bad rep sometimes, some people hold buying organic at the top of their priority list while others feel like it makes them inferior if they aren’t on board and some don’t see the point at all. The truth is, eating organic is the smarter and more conscious decision for both your internal health as well as the health of the planet. We have come up with 3 reasons why you should be prioritizing organic food and practices whenever you can.
1. Organic food offers more nutritious and vitamin-enriched fruits and vegetables.
Soil contains microbes that offer a ton of health benefits when kept alive, conventional practices use pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and chemicals which kill these microbes. Organic farming allows the microbes to be absorbed into the food which leads to higher vitamin and mineral content and healthier produce.
2. Organic food is better for the environment.
Organic farming is not only better for you it is better for the environment. Organic farming does not use chemicals, reduces pollution, maintains soil fertility, uses less water, and because organic farming practices do not use pesticides it maintains the integrity of the land and the health of the animals in surrounding areas.
3. Organic food reduces exposure to chemicals.
Organic food production and farming does not use antibiotics or pesticides which in turn lowers our intake and exposure to these harmful chemicals.
So which foods should you *really* prioritize buying organic?
The best thing you can do when it comes to buying organic is stick to the “dirty dozen and clean 15” lists. These lists are updated every year based on new farming methods and new information that surfaces, and they are aimed to help people understand which foods should be at the top of their organic priority list. The Dirty Dozen are the most heavily sprayed crops of that year and should be purchased organic and the Clean 15 are the crops with the lowest pesticide count and are ok to be purchased conventional. Aside from these lists, it is important that if you do buy animal products, they are of the highest quality and organic and grass fed as well.
The 2020 Dirty Dozen:
The 2020 Clean 15:
- Sweet corn
- Sweet peas (frozen)
- Honeydew melon
We hope this sheds some light on why organic ingredients are at the root of everything we do and helps you feel a little less overwhelmed by the idea of buying organic! If you like posts like this don’t forget to check back every Friday and follow us on Instagram @tubify!