5 FAST FACTS FRIDAY: BUYING ORGANIC
Wednesday, we posted a short list of food you should always buy organic, if you’re looking to avoid hormones and pesticides. While researching for that post, Team 30Fifteen came across some interesting facts, that I thought we could share for this week’s 5 fast facts post about buying organic.
1) Organic, or natural, foods are minimally processed, and they don’t contain any hormones, antibiotics, sweeteners, dyes, or flavorings that don’t occur naturally.
2) According to the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, to label prepackaged foods “organic,” at least 95% of the ingredients must be organic.
3) The U.S. has a similar system, where prepackaged food can be labeled “100% organic,” “organic” (with 95-99% organic ingredients), or “made with organic ingredients” (with 75-94% organic ingredients).
4) Studies have shown that eating an organic diet leads to lower levels of pesticides in urine samples, so keeping an organic diet really does make a difference.
5) While washing your produce before consumption does help remove residual (stuck on the outside of the produce) pesticides, it doesn’t save you from pesticides that bind with the produce or even get absorbed inside of it.
Buying all organic can be expensive, yes, but it is certainly worth your health. Luckily, some produce shows low levels of pesticides once it reaches the consumer. If you’re worried about pesticides, I recommend you do your research and maybe stop by Wednesday's post if you missed it.