Mailbox Monday: Organic Foods

love getting notes, messages, Facebook comments, and tweets from readers.  For this week’s Mailbox Monday, I want to share a question I received from an educator friend, Ashlee Jackson:

I have a question. Do you use a lot of organic products? I do a support group for children with sickle cell. We had a quest speaker who came to talk about the benefits of clean eating. His pitch was basically organic only. Unfortunately I don't have organic only money lol. I know you have healthy eating habits. I see your results and was just wondering if organic products played a part.

Great question, Ashlee!  Here’s a summary of what my dietitian says about organic foods:

A head of lettuce is a head of lettuce, whether it has been raised with or without the pesticides. The nutrients are the same in them both. When raised organic, it just means that they didn’t use chemicals to keep the bugs away. There are some vegetables that are naturally pretty good at staying bug-free, so the amount of chemicals used to raise them is already pretty low. They call that “The Clean Fifteen.”  On the other hand, there are some veggies that require aggressive use of pesticides which are hard to wash off at home. They call those vegetables “the dirty dozen.”
 
If you can’t afford any organics, know that you’re much better off eating a vegetable than a Whopper.  If you can afford some organics but not others, you should prioritize based on the lists I described above.  Here’s a link to the best and worst 12.  You can also see a list I posted previously here.
 
I rarely buy organic veggies. I also don’t believe that artificial sweeteners are going to kill me. I live on the edge.  I wish you the best with your support group, and keep on trying to “live clean!”
 

Daniel

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One thought on “Mailbox Monday: Organic Foods

  1. Emma Madison says:

    Great post and here is my favorite line: If you can’t afford any organics, know that you’re much better off eating a vegetable than a Whopper. How true, how true!

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