Thursday, October 22, 2015

ORGANIC PRODUCE CHEAT SHEET: The Most Important Foods To Buy Organic

Organic foods are not always easily available and are more expensive than non-organic foods, but you still want the best for your family especially as pesticides and other environmental toxins are cumulative and very detrimental to young children. So which organic foods should you buy first if you are on a limited, food budget?

What And How To Buy Organic:

1) Buy organic animal food (meat and dairy) first as they bioaccumulate toxins from their hormone-, anitbiotic-, pesticide-laced feed. This includes chickens - so buy organic eggs. Watch this video for the low-down on what's actually going on with your food:

2) Then buy those produce that poses a high risk to your famly's health. Check out this video cheat-sheet below, which reveals the most heavily, pesticide-sprayed crops and therefore the ones to buy organic. It also shows the produce that are safe to buy as non-organics.

Always "Buy Organic" For This Produce Category:
Peaches, Carrots,  Strawberries, Green Beans, Sweet Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers, Tangerines, Nectarines, Cranberries, Sweet Potatoes - as these are more heavily laced with pesticides.

What Produce To Buy Organic: Produce Cheat Sheet

How To Prepare Food To Make It Safer:

You've invested in your family's health, spending time and money as you carefully navigate the hurdles to put good, wholesome food on the table. So it makes good sense to go the whole way to the podium and do justice to all your effort by prepping your food to preserve all its nutrients to the max while at the same time, eliminating all unwanted bugs and toxins once it's in your kitchen. Watch the following video for how to prepare food to reduce pesticide risk without excessive nutrient loss.

Watch: 5 Food Prep Tips To Reduce Pesticide Risk

Fresh Is Best - Especially Fresh-Picked & Fresh-Cooked:

All your effort would go to naught if you don't watch your timeframe between buying your produce and serving it on the dinner table. The sooner you serve your produce after it is gathered or bought the less the nutrient loss. Nutrient loss can leach out at a rapid rate ... more than what most people realise.

The best way to ensure you get the absolute max from your produce is to eat or prepare it as soon as it is picked - so for that reason, your own garden organics has a huge advantage over bought produce especially if the latter has to be transported over long distances.

The other great option is to shop locally at your local markets especially if you're lucky enough to live in a community where you have passionate, organic, small-holders or market gardeners offering a variety of produce, both plant and animal-based. In that case make the most of your good luck and also participate - you never know when your stall, blog, produce or cook book, etc., could go viral and become a huge hit ... well beyond the confines of your local community!

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