Organic or not?

If you’re trying to have a healthy diet, which incorporates good quality foods,  to go organic or not will at some stage be something to consider.

The Soil Association define organic foods as ‘food which is produced using environmentally and animal friendly farming methods on organic farms. These methods are legally defined and any food sold as ‘organic’ must be strictly regulated’.

People choose not to buy organic foods for many reasons; they consider it to be costly, organic is not available in all supermarkets, foods are not available all year round etc. One very good reason to eat organic foods however is to reducing the amounts of pesticides in your body. You can read more about organic verses non-organic here.

A good place to start, and where most people start, is with your fresh fruit and veg. If you’re not ready to make the leap to having all organic fruit and veg have a look at the list below of the 2015 Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen.

The Clean Fifteen are fruits and veg with low levels of pesticides still present in them at the point of sale. If you can’t get organic you can choose these fruit and veg.

The Dirty Dozen are fruits and veg with high levels of pesticides still present in them at the point of sale. It’s probably best to eat only organic versions of these fruit and veg.

The choice is yours.

Clean 15 and dirty dozen