If I can’t afford to buy organic vegetables and fruits, can I still be healthy?

Yes, if you can’t afford organic produce, you can still enjoy great health. If you can’t buy organic produce, I would still encourage you to buy non-organic fruits and vegetables and enjoy a full array of different types.

However, I’d also recommend taking some additional steps with the non-organic produce that you purchase. It would be important to wash your non-organic fruit and vegetables well, using a natural bristle brush to lightly scrub the surface, so that you can remove some of the pesticide residues that may be present.

You may also want to peel conventionally grown cucumbers, eggplant, potatoes, and apples. This peeling recommendation is due to two factors. First, the outermost surfaces of fruits and vegetables may be the most affected by pesticide spraying. Second, the above types of produce often have petroleum-based wax coatings that may work against your best health. (The situation with the peeling of non-organic produce is exactly opposite from the situation with organic fruits and vegetables. With organic produce, you almost always want to keep the peels and skins intact because they are among the most nutrient-rich parts of any food.)

Do you have a farmer’s market near you? If so, you may want to buy your produce there. Even if the produce you find there is not certified organic, chances are that it may contain less pesticide residues than produce available in larger grocery stores that do not focus on locally grown foods. Many small farmers don’t go through the process of organic certification but still grow their produce with minimal, if any, agricultural chemicals.

Another important article to read is in the link below

http://au.news.yahoo.com/today-tonight/consumer/article/-/10293370/toxic-food-imports

What we do not know can harm us.
As Fiona who sent me this article said..scary stuff!!

One thought on “If I can’t afford to buy organic vegetables and fruits, can I still be healthy?

  1. This is certainly scary stuff…I always thought frozen vegies relatively safe,a good backup….This is a really good reason to support the farmers markets or even grow some vegies at home ! Thanks for the preparation tips for supermarket produce.
    Thanks Galy it is always good to be reminded of what goes on behind the scenes of the food industry. Fiona (a different Fiona..)

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