Sep 9 2012

Call me crazy

No, this isn’t a posting about Carly Rae Jepsen’s [annoying, yet catchy] hit song.

An article was published this week in The Washington Post citing a recent study done by Stanford University that “organic foods offer no more vitamins and nutrients than conventional products.” Now make no mistake, this article was not discouraging consumers from buying organic. It was merely pointing out this common misconception people make about organic food. Personally, I don’t buy organic foods for what they do have, but rather, what they don’t have….

Call me crazy, but hormones, pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified organisms (i.e lots and lots of chemicals) just don’t sound super appealing in my morning bowl of yogurt and berries. Forgetting the fact that I think organic foods just taste better!

As I continue to write about the importance of buying organic, I recognize that these foods often command a significantly higher retail. Challenging in this economy, especially when feeding an average family of 4. So here’s a list, coined “The Dirty Dozen,” of 12 foods with the highest pesticide residue (i.e. go organic here):

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines (imported)
  7. Grapes (imported)
  8. Sweet bell peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale, Collard greens (tie)

And if you still need convincing….well then….call me, maybe?


The Washington Post