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Does organic food matter?

The best way to get organic fruit and veg is to grow it yourself but that is obviously not possible for everyone. Another option (my fave) is to go to the farmer's markets on the weekend or research a company that delivers organic produce to your door (like Organic Angels)

In conventional farming, the soil is used over and over again and usually without replenishing the nutrients. The plants use the nutrients in the soil to grow, so once the plant is removed from the soil and into our hands, the soil has lost its nutrients. And if the nutrients haven’t been properly replaced, then the food we eat are stripped of their nutrients. Poor soil health results in poor plant health and as a result, pests come, hence the use of pesticides to get rid of them!

As a result of this ongoing chain reaction, our food becomes nutrient deficient and this leads to lousy energy, body aches, failing eyesight and just about everything else. The World Health Organisation released a report telling us that the worlds most used herbicide, glyphosate is ‘probably carcinogenic’ to humans.

Although organic produce is generally more expensive (unless you buy it at farmers markets), the more of us who buy it, the more organic foods will be supplied and thus the price will go down. I know that organic isn’t possible for everyone and things like cauliflower for me I want all year round so when it’s not in season I have to buy conventionally grown cauliflower, so WHEN POSSIBLE buy organic.

Another way to get rid of MOST of the pesticides is to fill your sink with 1/3 vinegar and 2/3’s water and soak them and dry them

I try to buy organic veggies when ever possible, however, this isn’t always the case especially when you are travelling so don’t stress about it.

When you do have a choice, try to choose the following fruits and veggies as ORGANIC:

  • strawberries
  • apples
  • nectaries
  • peaches
  • celery
  • grapes
  • cherries
  • spinach or any leafy greens
  • tomatoes
  • capsicums
  • cucumbers

As a general rule, if you’re eating the skin try to get organic. These 15 aren’t sprayed as heavily:

  1. sweet corn
  2. cabbage
  3. peas
  4. onions
  5. asparagus
  6. mangos
  7. papayas
  8. kiwifruit
  9. eggplant
  10. cauliflower

Avocados are one thing you NEVER need to buy organic. Most experts do not believe that you need to buy organic ones as their thick skin protects the inner fruit from pesticides. Also, it has been rated as one of the safest commercial fruits in terms of pesticides so there’s no real need to buy organic avocados.