Health conscious people have gone organic to avoid toxins that can be found in products that have been sprayed with pesticides, fertilized using by-products of petroleum, or those that have been genetically modified. When these people shop for food, they select food items with the markings “organic.” Of course, these products cost higher than the unlabeled ones and if you have eight mouths to feed like me, always looking for organic fruits, vegetables, meat, grains, and dairy products can be financially draining.
To save myself from spending on organic foods, I made a list of products that I can buy even without the organic label and I found that the difference in price can come up to several dollars if I shop weekly. Here are the foods that are safe to eat even without making sure that they are organically produced.
Some people think that because cabbages are exposed to the elements, it also contains lots of toxins. However, studies made on this product show that it has very low level of toxins and eating cabbage will not have any effects on the person’s health. Just wash the vegetable thoroughly before cooking and your health will not suffer from consuming this vegetable.
Pineapple has been grown by farmers naturally. It is seldom infested by pests because of its hard leaves. Likewise, it bears fruit even if it is not sprayed with chemicals to enhance its fruit-bearing capability. The fruit is protected by a thick and hard layer of skin that makes it difficult for toxic substances in the environment to penetrate it. You not’s need to look for organic label because organic or inorganic, this fruit does not contain harmful amount of toxins.
Avocado is a nutritious fruit and when the tree reaches its fruit-bearing age, it bears many fruits. When unripe, avocado has an unpleasant taste. This and its hard shell discourage pests from attacking the fruits so that avocado growers do not spray it with pesticides. The fruit is delicious and nutritious when ripe and you can eat it without fear of ingesting toxic substances from its flesh.
Include watermelon among the fruits that you can serve to your family without fear of toxic substances harming your health. Watermelons do not attract pests and are not usually sprayed with pesticides. The fruit has a hard covering that cannot be penetrated by toxins found in the environment. As long as you wash the skin thoroughly first before slicing the fruit, you don’t have to worry about getting harmful substances from eating it.
- Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are known to give energy to the body. They can be boiled or baked and can be good for snacks. It is slightly sweet so you don’t have to add sweeteners or flavoring. Farmers find it unnecessary to spray the plant because even if pests eat the leaves, the tubers still grow underground. Grown in the right type of soil and environment, the tubers grow fast even without fertilizer. A light trace of the chemical sprayed into the tubers before packing has been found but the amount is not harmful for humans.
The substance that makes you tearful when you cut onions is also the substance that repels pests from the plant. The fact that pests do not attack it is the reason why people cultivating onions do not need to spray it with pesticides. They grow well even without fertilizer, which means that they are free from toxic substances that are usually found in plants that have been sprayed with pesticides and fertilized using synthetic fertilizers.
Carrots are rich in Vitamin A and are recommended for healthy diets. A slight residue of pesticides is found in its skin but peeling it removes the toxic substance. Carrots is considered an anti-oxidant.
In many countries, mango trees bear abundant fruits. When unripe, the fruits are sour and this might be the reason why pests seldom attack them. However, even if they are sprayed with pesticides, the thick skin of the fruits prevents the chemical to get inside them. Hence, you can buy mangoes that are grown the conventional way without worrying about the fruit getting contaminated.
Like mangoes, grapefruit has thick skin, which protects the edible part from harmful substances like pesticides. They are not easily infested so many growers do not spray them at all.
Grapefruit is also great for detoxification and helps in the body get rid of excess fat. Apart from being refreshing, it is agreat choice of losing weight to gain your ideal shape.
- Kiwi Fruit
Kiwi fruit might have thin skin but based on the findings of Environmental Working Group, it belongs to the top 10 cleanest fruits because it seldom need pesticides. It seems that pests stay away from its hairy skin or fuzzy skin.
- Sweet Peas
Sweet peas are considered pesticide free and you don’t need to buy the organic one. Conventionally grown sweet peas are safe from chemicals and other toxic substances because they do not need to be sprayed with pesticides. If ever pesticide is used, it cannot penetrate the thick shells of the pods.
Although many farmers spray their eggplants with pesticides to prevent pests from destroying the flesh, the chemical does not stay on the skin. Conventionally grown eggplant belongs to the top 15 safest inorganic foods to eat.
Cantaloupe has a thick skin which prevents any residues of pesticides to get into the fleshy edible part. This makes cantaloupe that are considered inorganic safe to eat.
According to the Environment Working Group, asparagus does not have any presence of chemical residues, which makes it one of the safest foods.
Mushrooms are found out to be one of the foods that have the least amount of pesticide residues. They are seldom attacked by pests and they can thrive well without being sprayed.
Save money by buying vegetables and fruits that are declared safe by the Environmental Working Group. Even if they are conventionally grown, they are just as safe as organic ones.