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Organic Produce – Is it Better?

Here is a question that most people ask: should I buy regular fruits and veggies or are organic produce worth the extra cost? In fact, you may ask yourself this question every time you are in the supermarket or at the famers market. Before making a choice, here are a few differences between both that you should know:

How they are produced?

Vegetables labelled organic produce meet industry standards when it comes to how they are grown. Regular or conventional produce is grown with the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers, which may leave trace residues when harvested. Organic vegetables are produced without the use of the potentially toxic chemicals and are grown with the use of natural pesticides, weed killers and mulch.

Difference in appearance

The physical differences between organic and non-organic vegetables are instantly noticeable, because organic produce tends to come in a variety of sizes as opposed to the uniform appearance of non-organic versions. Organic produce also tends to look weird and imperfect with twisted shapes and varying sizes. The reason behind this is that conventionally grown produce is treated with a wide range of growth enhancing substances and is subjected to quality and grading standards. Organic produce, on the other hand, is not.

Meeting quality standards

Conventionally grown fruits and vegetables are required to meet industry and government standards, and organic versions are required to meet the standards that apply for organic farming, so both are good options when it comes to quality.

What about nutrition?

A lot of people believe that organic produce are more superior when it comes to nutritional content, but some recent studies show that the difference between nutritional content between both is minimal. Organic produce may contain a little bit more, but conventionally grown produce contains just as much vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as you would want and need from your average veggie or fruit however they also contain pesticides

What makes organic produce a better choice?

There is nothing really wrong in choosing regular or conventionally grown produce, especially since there is very little difference when it comes to nutritional content. However, choosing organic has its own set of advantages.

The first is that you are buying products from small scale and local farmers who practice cleaner farming techniques, which is a great thing especially if you are committed to green living and reducing your carbon footprint.

The second advantage is up for continuous debate. Consumers worry about chemicals used to treat the produce, which may leave residues that may be eventually ingested, especially in some produce that are easily contaminated like apples, grapes, blueberries, lettuce, spinach, kale and other similar greens. While research suggests that you can easily wash these chemicals off, you may want to be on the sure side and not take any chances.

The bottom line

Given these facts, you are now armed with all the information you need to judge and make a choice between organic and non-organic vegetables, but what really makes the best choice?

Organic produce can be a great option if you want to be on the sure side, and have the extra cash to spend for it. But, if organic is not a priority or may be too expensive for now, then there’s no problem if you choose conventionally grown versions as long as you wash and clean them properly. Over time, you may want to invest in organic produce, especially for those fruits that are easily contaminated with chemicals. In the end, the main point  is to get more fruits and vegetables in your meals so you can follow a healthy and balanced diet.

What about you, do you buy all organic for your fruits and veggies?

With love and care

Alenka

Reference: You can read more on this topic here; FoodSafetyNews.com

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