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Mom, desperately trying to get the health thing right! I started this blog so that I can pass along all the great things that I learn everyday on damage control for our wonderful bodies. It is tough to keep up sometimes with all the things going on in our daily lives so hopefully some of the helpful hints that I provide can make your life easier and healthier. I welcome your comments and tips as well! I am a vegetarian, animal rights advocate and avid animal rescuer.
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2008-04-28

Going Organic On A Budget-Yes, It Is Possible!

I will be the first to admit (much to my husbands' dismay) that I love to spend money. I love to shop and buying healthy organic food is no exception (who knew grocery shopping could be so fun-but hey it IS shopping). Unfortunately, I have to be on a budget in all areas and this includes my organic food choices. I looked around and found some helpful information on which are the top foods to buy organic if you are like me and on a budget ( I hate the word budget). Here we go-

Top Foods To Buy Organic-Worth The Money

**Peaches-In some studies, they’ve had up to 10 times as much pesticide on them as other fruits and vegetables.

**Apples-Apples may contain methyl parathion. Both fresh apples and baby food applesauce can also contain chlorpyrifos, an OP which has caused large bird kills. Doesn't sound good.

**Strawberries-Strawberries receive a dose of up to 500 pounds of pesticides per acre.Straw-berries and other produce bought out-of-season are the most likely to have been imported, possibly from a country with less-stringent pesticide regulations.

**Milk-While milk is a natural product, all the antibiotics and hormones that go into high-yield cows most certainly aren’t. Some studies on supplements like recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) used in conventional milk production have suggested links to early puberty and other hormonal abnormalities. Danish studies have shown that not only does organic milk have less of the bad stuff, it has more of the good stuff. Specifically, organic milk has higher levels of vitamin E, omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Did you know that Europe has banned U.S. Milk? I also make sure to buy organic cheese, yogurt and all dairy products when possible. More here.

**Meat-. Contrary to a widely reported "fact," meat typically contains less pesticide residue than plant-based foods, according to Debra Edwards, the director of EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs. That said, raising animals with conventional modern methods often means using hormones to speed up growth, antibiotics to resist disease and pesticides to grow the grain fed to the animals (plus I think modern methods promote cruelty to animals-had to get that in there). As the EPA puts it in an Ag 101 feature, "Antibiotics, pesticides, and hormones are organic compounds which are used in animal feeding operations and may pose risks if they enter the environment." Consumers looking to avoid meats raised with these substances can seek out certified organic meat. To meet USDA standards, this meat can come only from animals fed organic feed and given no hormones or antibiotics. More here.

**Coffee-Many of the beans you buy are grown in countries where pesticides and chemicals are not regulated. Look for the fair trade certified organic label on your coffee for assurance.

**Eggs-Though they are a terrific source of protein, most eggs are produced using a range of antibiotics and hormones on the chickens that bear them. Given this, the health gains of eating organic eggs are similar to those of drinking organic milk. Essentially, organic eggs mean fewer hormones in the chicken and fewer foreign hormones (or chemicals acting as hormones) in your body.

**Celery, Grapes and Sweet Bell Peppers-Peppers and grapes have thin skins and celery none which creates little and no barrier to pesticides.

**Potatoes-Chlorothalonil, often used on potatoes, can be particularly harmful to children. In Canada, potatoes have been linked to high rates of asthma and asthma-related deaths in farming communities.

**Lettuce And Spinach-Leafy greens are often contaminated with what are considered the most potent pesticides used on food.

Save Some Money And Probably Don't Need To Buy These Foods Organic-

**Broccoli,
**Bananas
**Frozen sweet peas
**Frozen corn
**Asparagus
**Avocados
**Onions:

Levels of pesticides are low even in conventional versions of these.

Now you are armed and ready to save money and go do some organic shopping!

Heidi

8 comments:

Hey there, this is my first time on your blog and i like it! I frankly had not given any thought to what food you need to have organic and what kind matters less whether it is organic or not. That's a useful checklist you put together.
Sandpiper said...
Good post, Heidi! Thanks for the information. I try to buy local, organic foods when I can, provided the prices are not too crazy. With food prices going up, it's getting more difficult.
Erica said...
This is so helpful! I'm going to use this information for sure.
Sherer said...
Great post... I have been trying to eat health and get in perfect shape for the summer! Thank you - i'll be back
GiGi said...
This is very helpful!
Are you familiar with Jeremy over at Almost Fit? You two seem to be posting on organics at the same time:
http://almostfit.com/2008/04/30/should-you-bother-with-organic-fruits-and-vegetables/

Rather than re-create the wheel, I'll just reference the both of you in my next post!

Thanks!
TorAa said...
In our Summergarden we grew organic only. Even potatoes. We buy organic potatoes to make them grow in the garden. All other seeds as well.
And our berries (blueberies, rasberries, wild strawberries, apples, pears, grapes, gooseberries, blackcurrants, red/whitecurrants,boysonberries rhubarbs,hips) all organic. We freeze them directly and have them for desserts (as is) rest of the year.
(must admit we eat them there and then as well - yummy.yummy)

PS. Lot's of inteligent advices for people who do not know;-))
Metroknow said...
Hi Heidi - This is great! I was actually planning on writing an article today with nearly identical content to yours as the next post in my series, but ya beat me to it. :)

I will send folks your way, as I really think you are spot-on with your article. Thank you!

Best to you,
Metroknow
http://www.almostfit.com
Julie said...
Heidi,

Thank you so much for this post. My brother and sister n law own an organic farm and business. I have been SLOWLY trying some organic products. We are a one income family so financially I can't go hog wild. It was nice to know which ones were most important. Milk is the one I am struggling with. We have 3 children still at home and go through 2 gallons of milk weekly. Wish me luck on the changes I am making.

Julie

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