Juicing Organic vs. Non Organic

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You may have heard people talking about organic versus non-organic foods lately, and wondered just how worried you should be about pesticides on your fresh fruit and vegetables. You are already trying to make the right decisions for your health by opting to integrate more fruits and vegetables into your diet, and juicing to maximize the quantity and quality of nutrients that you are taking from those fruits and vegetables, but are you risking possible health issues by not paying for organic? Organic tends to be pricier than non-organic, is it worth it?

The Dirty Dozen

Whether pesticides are safe for human consumption or not is a hotly debated issue right now. Since this is a question, there are certain foods that most scientists and nutrition experts agree are better to buy organic. These foods have a tendency to soak up the pesticide, so that washing or peeling the skin will not remove the pesticide from the fruit or vegetable. These foods have come to be known as “The Dirty Dozen”.

Best foods to buy organic:

  • Peppers
  • Apples
  • Spinach
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Potatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Grapes
  • Peaches

There is some evidence that organically grown foods seem to have a higher nutritional content than those grown in chemically treated soil and other conditions. The USDA has certain requirements for certifying food as organic, so there are more factors than pesticide that come into play, and those factors may have more to do with the nutrients than the lack of pesticide. Organic food must be farmed in a sustainable way that promotes ecological balance. These natural ways of deterring pests may actually have a beneficial effect on the nutrient quality in the food, as well as keeping your food pesticide free.

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