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Organic vs Conventional Produce why Buying both is the way to a Healthy Body

Organic or nonorganic produce, which should I buy? This may be a question you have asked yourself. Most grocery stores are carrying both so the option is there in front of you, now. But what is necessary? Expense, nutrition, and tastes are all important factors in the decision-making. So what exactly is the best decision when it comes to organic vs. nonorganic also known as conventional produce. There are good reasons to implement both types into your diet.

Health is the first issue. Conventional produce normally is grown using chemical filled pesticides to keep the bugs from destroying the crop. The chemicals have been used for so many years so that even though you wash your vegetables, residue and bits of chemicals find their way into the produce. The best way to counter act this is to purchase conventional produce with a thick skin, such as bananas, oranges, cucumbers, or potatoes. You can peel the skins off these foods and eat a relatively safe vegetable or fruit. Organically grown foods are purposely grown avoiding any uses of harsh chemicals. This means that you are ingesting only vegetables and no harsh chemicals.

Organic vegetables and fruits are more expensive. Some like mushrooms, broccoli, onions, and oranges tend to be a dollar or more per pound. Carrots, celery, bananas, apples, and lettuce are just some examples of some that are normally ten to fifty cents per pound more, than conventional vegetables. Of course, these prices may vary depending on sales and the stores. If you go to a large chain like Whole Foods, because they buy in bulk, you may get a good deal on organic vegetables. It is rare to find organic prices below conventional produce prices. So why should you pay more?

The taste is a big reason. This writer realized the difference after eating organic food. It was like eating a vegetable for the first time. It is a subtle difference I will admit, but the subtly is worth it. Then if you eat an organic green pepper and then eat a conventional green pepper you really can taste a chemical taste. This happens with several different vegetables and fruits.

Nutrition boils down to this. Both conventional and organic foods are full of good nutrition. Some conventional vegetables are genetically engineered and have questions around whether or not they are less nutritious. This writer believes that overall the organic is probably more nutritious than conventional. Although, seeing how my grandparents have lived well over their eighties, eating conventional fruits and vegetables, it’s hard to say that organic is the only way to go.

If someone has the money to buy all organic food, it is probably wise to buy organic. This way the person has the luxury of taste and health. For those of us that live on a budget, it seems that a mixture of both organic and conventional is a healthy solution. Remember that the thick-skin foods can be purchased as conventional because the skins can been thrown out. This skin, for the mot part, protects the meat of the fruit or vegetable from the chemicals penetrating the food. Buying some organic foods is only a few cents per pound more over conventional, it is worth it for budgeters to pay that and get the luxury of good taste and health.


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