Ever since I was growing up until probably 25 years old, there was no such thing as organic strawberries. If they were in season, strawberries were grown in gardens by local farmers. And the only way the farmers would help it grow is by fertilizing the land with horse manure.
I remember on the way to the countryside, my parents would stop by a huge market just to buy a bag of manure, which travelled with us for a hundred miles. We would then add it to the ground before placing the crops. What a romantic times!
The world has changed a lot since then and people created cheaper ways to produce more. Sadly, most of those ways are pretty harmful to our health and even more, to the future generation.
Nowadays, there’s a bloom of organic products. And as we buy more of it, more products are created with organic versions of them. These products can be everything — from clothes and food to the tools we use every day. Sounds pretty scary, right? We need to be aware of it. The question now is do we really need everything to be organic to achieve healthy living?
Here’s what should be on your organic safe list—and what you don’t have to worry about:
Milk is one of the products we need everyday to cook our favorite food and smoothen our favorite coffee. As we consume it a lot, we have to pay a special attention to it being organic. About 17% of the cows are injected with hormones which helps them to increase their milk production. Those hormones are being passed on from the cow to the dairy they produce and eventually to our bodies as we consume it.
If I’m having difficulties in finding organic milk,I usually just go for organic Almond Milk.
“Most nonstick cookware contains a fluorochemical called PTFE that breaks down to form toxic fumes when overheated,” says Olga Naidenko, PhD, a senior scientist at the EWG. “Those fumes can coat the inside of the lungs and cause allergy-like symptoms.”
EWG (Environmental Working Group) tested a cookware and figure out that in 2 to 5 minutes of being heated, cookware coated with nonstick surfaces starts producing toxic gases.
You should go for cast iron, stainless steel or ceramic cookware. I personally use Classic Stainless Cookwear.
Strawberries are known as superfoods, that’s why we consume it a lot. But, we should be aware of the 13 pesticides quietly sitting on the fruit surface. According to an Environmental Working Group (EWG) analysis, ”
conventional strawberries have a large surface area and all those tiny bumps, which makes the pesticides hard to wash off, so you’re ingesting more of those chemicals,” explains Marion Nestle, PhD, a professor of nutrition and public health at NewYork University and author of What to Eat.
The same rule applies for other fruits like blueberries, cherries, apple and peaches. When buying fruits that you don’t peel the skin off to eat, you should make sure that they’re organic.
It’s a surprise for me to find out that the mattress I sleep on might contain potentially toxic flame retardants (polybrominated diphenyl: PBDEs). PBDEs can affect learning, memory, and behavioral impairments, according to Lunder.
PBDEs were common in mattresses produced before 2005, so they can still be in the tools and carpets that we use up until now. Since it’s hard to find out whether the product was treated by brominated fire retardants, just try to use less-flammable materials, rather made with natural wool like Natural Wool Sleep Surface.
In conclusion, here are the IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER: It is helpful to rinse the fruits, but rinsing doesn’t completely remove all the harmful pesticides from it. You can peel the skin off, but then you won’t consume enough nutritions from the fruits because most of the nutrients are concentrated in the skin.
To make your life easier and healthier, here is a list for you to know which you should buy organic and what you can save your money on:
SHOULD BE ORGANIC: Apples, Celery, Strawberries, Peaches, Spinach, Nectarines, Grapes, Sweet Bell Peppers, Potatoes, Blueberries, Lettuce, Kale and Collard Greens.
BETTER BE ORGANIC: Green Beans, Squash, Peppers, Cucumbers, Raspberries, Grapes, Plums, Oranges, Cauliflower, Tangerines, Bananas, Cranberries.
NO NEED TO BE ORGANIC: Onions, Sweet Corn, Pineapples, Avocado, Asparagus, Sweet Peas, Mangoes, Eggplant, Cantaloupe, Kiwi, Cabbage, Watermelon, Sweet Potato, Grapefruit, Mushrooms.
P.S. IF YOU DON’T RECOGNIZE THE INGREDIENT, YOUR BODY WON’T EITHER.