La Vita Organica - When to Buy Organic vs. Conventional

December 29, 2016

La Vita Organica - When to Buy Organic vs. Conventional

Here at Organico Bello, we believe in organic because we believe in serving only the cleanest, highest quality ingredients.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), organic products must be produced using methods that avoid synthetic materials like pesticides and antibiotics, many of which have been linked to health risks like cancer. Organic farming practices are also designed to conserve farmland and water, reduce pollution, and protect the farmers who produce the food from exposure to toxic chemicals and pesticides.

Organic food does tend to be much more expensive than their conventional counterparts, but it’s still possible to eat organic on a budget. One of the best ways to get the most bang for your buck is to know which conventionally-grown products are higher in pesticides than the others. Mangoes, for example test very low for pesticides due to their thick and inedible skin, making it safe to buy these non-organic. Other fruits with protective skins and low pesticide residue are pineapples and avocados. Some vegetables, such as cabbage, are naturally resistant to bugs and sprayed less than others, plus cabbages have protective outer layer leaves that can be removed and discarded.

To learn more about which produce to get organic and which are “ok” conventional, check out EWG’s Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen.