Which Organic Foods
are Best and Worth the Extra Money - According to Consumer Reports
January 12th 2006
Which is worth
Nearly two thirds of all consumers bought organic foods in 2005, even
though they cost more than non organic foods. According to Consumer
Reports not all Organic food is worth the extra money. Some are though.
The report found that fish is not worth the extra money. In an
interview on KABC TV in Los Angeles Tracy Evans of the Whole Foods
Markets said eating organic food will lessen the toxins in your system. She
may be right. In a study published back in September 2005, researchers
found that kids that ate conventional foods had detectable amounts of
pesticide in their urine.
The study can be found on the National Institutes of Health website. In
the study researchers measured the dietary organophosphorus pesticide
exposure in a group of 23 elementary school-age children through urinary
The children were divided in to two groups. The study lasted for 15
days but after just 5 days there was a striking difference in pesticide
levels. In fact the pesticides levels in the children that ate
convention (non-organic) food was 6 to 9 times higher than in the
children that ate organic food.
The question is what organic foods give you the best results for keeping
pesticide levels low. According to Consumer Reports the most important
foods to buy organic are apples, baby food, bell peppers, celery,
cherries, dairy, eggs, imported grapes, meat, nectarines, peaches,
pears, poultry, potatoes, red raspberries, spinach, and strawberries.
The FDA found that these foods contained substantial amounts of
pesticides even after washing.
The second category of foods that you should buy “if you have the money”
include asparagus, avocados, bananas, bread, broccoli, cauliflower,
cereals, sweet corn, kiwi, mangos, oils, onions, papaya, pasta,
pineapples, potato chips, and sweet peas. The pesticides levels can be
reduced by washing these fruits and vegetables. You may also want to
buy organic packaged products such as canned vegetables and dried fruit.
Seafood and Cosmetics are not worth the extra money according to the
report. The USDA has not
developed organic standards for seafood. In fact, California law
prohibits organic labeling for fish until the certifications are
It is most important for expectant mothers and young children to avoid
consuming pesticides. This is because of the rapidly developing brain
functions and internal organs, according to Mark Davis of the Organic
Organic food is almost always more expensive then conventional foods. It
may cost you 50 to 150 percent more for organic food. The production is
more labor intensive and there are no government subsidies for organic
growers. To get the best deals on organic food buy in bulk or buy
generics or shop at farmers markets. Always watch for sales.
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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