Why and when organic?
The conventional food production is using a lot of pesticides, insecticides and herbicides. So when it comes down to pesticide sprayed or conventional produce there are a few things to avoid, especially produce that aren’t protected by some kind of a thick peel or skin.
The most contaminated foods and the foods that absorb pesticides easily due to the Environmental Working Group are:
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Spinach & lettuce
Things that are OK to get conventional are:
- Sweet Corn, frozen
- Sweet peas, frozen
Finally keep in mind that organic food is more nutritious because it’s grown in better quality soil, which results in produce that has a higher nutrient content.
Ideally buying all organic is the way to go but you can still get the benefits of conventional foods if organic is too pricy. Fortunately, there’s a way to reduce the exposure to pesticides and bacteria that are found on produce by washing them with a water vinegar mixture. Experts found that a water vinegar wash kills up to 98% of the bacteria and removes pesticides. Simply fill a bowl with 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar, place your fruits and veggies in the bowl and let it soak for 15 minutes. Then rinse it with water. Another thing you can do is fill a spray bottle with water and vinegar (3:1), spray your produce, let it soak for 5-10 minutes and rinse them with water.