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Why You Should Buy Organic Foods
Organic food tends to have a lower impact on the environment and is often grown under more conscientious conditions. It may also benefit your health. A 2015 meta-analysis of more than 300 studies published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that food from organic crops contained, on average, 20 to 25 per cent more antioxidants and had lower levels of toxic metal and pesticides. The downside is that these products can be expensive. Knowing which organic foods offer the greatest benefits can help you tailor your purchases to your budget.
On the 2015 Shopper’s Guide of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) (which ranks fruits and vegetables contaminated by pesticides from most to least), blueberries grown in the United States came in at No. 14, while imported ones landed in 24th place. There’s another reason to go green: “Organic blueberries tend to be smaller because they don’t get as much nitrogen fertilizer,” says Mary Ruth McDonald, research program director of plant production systems at Ontario’s University of Guelph. There are more antioxidants in smaller blueberries. These five facts about wild blueberries will change the way you think—and eat.
Both the EWG and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have shown that peaches can carry multiple residues: the fuzzy fruit sits in sixth place on the EWG’s 2018 “Dirty Dozen” list of pesticide-heavy produce. Since the organic version can be pricey at some times of the year, it’s worth waiting until peaches are in season, when you may be able to find local—and cheaper—options.
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