Organic foods have gained great popularity in the recent years, and rightfully so. While it’s important to avoid eating all non-organic foods, it can often get expensive. Knowing which foods are most often genetically modified or sprayed with pesticides helps to determine which organic foods to choose first when living healthier on a budget.
Recent Changes to Our Food
Twenty-first-century culture has developed technology to alter the genetic makeup of foods to allow them to stay on shelves longer, grow bigger and faster and kill the insects that are cutting into production sales—all at the expense of quality produce. Non-organic foods are toxic for the body and cause several detriments when consumed, such as increased body fat and a weakened immune system. Additionally, genetically modified foods don’t hold as much nutritional value and often lack taste, which means quality becomes an issue.
When a food is organic, it means that it has not been contaminated with pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms or ionizing radiation. Furthermore, while I am vegan and even the thought of eating animals makes me sick, organic farms are far more sustainable and humane than factory farms, thus it deserves a mention here.
Animals raised on organic farms do not take antibiotics or growth hormones, which helps keep them healthier, thus translating to a healthier food chain. Organic farms also treat their animals with respect—I’m sure there a few bad eggs in the nest, but organic farms generally respect an animal’s right to live and graze grass and walk around and live their life, instead of raising innocent animals in concentration-camp-like conditions just for human consumption—the best choice would be just to go vegan (or vegetarian) and coexist with animals!
The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen
The dirty dozen is a list of foods that are most often genetically modified or have the highest concentration of pesticides. These foods should always be consumed organic to decrease the body’s toxin intake.
The Dirty Dozen:
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Grapes (imported)
On the other hand, the clean fifteen is a list of foods that have greater resistance to insects, thus are generally less often, if at all, genetically modified and sprayed with pesticides—these foods generally have thicker skins or are otherwise protected in another way.
The Clean Fifteen:
- Sweet Corn (on the cob)
- Sweet Peas
- Honeydew Melon
Benefits of Eating Organic
While you may not immediately feel better after eating one organic strawberry, over time you’ll receive many benefits that improve overall health. Individuals that eat organic often experience weight loss, which is due to the body getting rid of toxins located in fat cells and allowing them to shrink. Additionally, since the body is no longer accumulating high amounts of toxins, the body also preserves energy to spend on more important things, like building muscles and resisting diseases. As a result, individuals will feel increased physical and mental strength as well as a boost in their immune system.
Other benefits of eating organic include:
- Healthier skin and hair
- Increased Energy
- Fresher Breath
- Faster Recovery
- Better Nutrition
More Reasons to Go Organic
When considering a healthier lifestyle on a budget, it’s good to know money-saving tips to ensure you can stretch your hard-earned cash further and invest in foods that lead to a happier life. Buying organic foods translates to an overall better society for everyone around the world.
While there are dozens of other political, economic and social reasons to buy organic, health is a big factor that makes this fight against big-box companies personal, thus leading to the eventual discovery of other issues with the produce industry.
Supporting a healthier life for all living things can be as easy as avoiding bad choices and spending dollars towards food that have been produced with a greater interest in helping our planet, and this can be done without having to break the bank.
Do you know of any money-saving tips?