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#3 1–most important Organic Produce June 25, 2008

Filed under: healthy baby,healthy home — michelleodonoghue @ 4:07 pm

The amount of fruits and vegetables we eat in summer probably triples from the winter months. There are so many great selections everywhere. If you haven’t gone completely organic with your produce, there are some fruits and veggies that are really important to make sure are pesticide-free. As a general rule, the thinner the skin, the more important it should be truly organic.

Here’s the list of foods that you really need to but ORGANIC in order to avoid intense pesticide intake:

  • strawberries, raspberies, blue berries (26 pesticides found on a non-organic strawberry–ridiculous)
  • bell peppers
  • cherries
  • peaches
  • grapes
  • celery
  • apples and pears
  • apricots
  • green beans
  • cucumbers

This is especially important if you are making your own baby food. As mentioned in previous posts, chemicals affect babies and children even more adversely due to their lower body wieghts, weaker immune systems, and developing brains. So,so, so, important to keep them as chemical-free as possible.

Local farmers markets and CSA’s (farm delivery services) usually offer the best choices or organic produce. Because the food is grown locally, less pesticides have to be used keep the food fresh. Also, many local farmers are fining it is more cost effective to grow without pesticides.

Organic produce tastes so much better and lasts longer. Make it a high priority on your list to convert this summer, when so many choices abound. Growing a small garden makes this even easier. Even just growing your own tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, basil, makes a huge difference in organic food consumption as well.


One Response to “#3 1–most important Organic Produce”

  1. Kelly Plummer Says:

    We started really focusing on buying organic fruits/veggies when the girls started eating it. I recently discovered a new shop across the street from my office (called Ridgefield Organics) that sells almost entirely organic produce. Their things are not only organically grown, but the people who run the shop obviously love what they are doing and must accept only the best products because their items are in such better shape than even the organic products sold at the grocery store 1/2 a mile away. The best part is that their prices are usually not any higher. I always thought smaller, all natural places like that would be incredibly expensive (and some are), but not always. I often go to this store on my lunch break and it is so much fun to pick through the beautiful fruits & veggies for what I want to feed my family rather than feel overwhlemed at the grocery store trying to figure out what is actually organic and then find some that appear to be in pretty good shape. I definitely recommend trying to find a local shop like this for anyone who currently is trying to shop organic at a big grocery store!

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