"I only eat organic."
by Kiki Athanas
October 23, 2016
Lately, I've been going back and forth on this organic vs. conventional food debate. Sure, it feels awesome (and does generally taste better) when you pick up farm-fresh & organic fruits and veggies from your local farmers markets...but that's not always a feasible option.
This past summer it was me, my bike, and a whole-lotta farmers market day trips - YAY! But now the frigid Toronto chill has hit, and I'm forced to resort to my local 24hr Metro...when I'm not pretending to only shop at Whole Foods that is. Anyways, walking down the aisles, I experience those angel vs. demon voices in my head...
"buy organic, you're worth it!"
"ain't nobody got $7 to spend on strawberries, get real."
After one too many mild panic attacks while googling the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen, I decided to ask the Health Coach, Alexandra Napoli. She also happens to be one of my favourite people to follow on social media (seriously, informative but also ridiculously hilarious)...so I'm excited to present to you this guest post by Alexandra, advising us all on the much debated conventional vs. organic debate...
Alexandra Napoli: Oh my, this is a big topic. It’s wild how controversial something like a carrot can be if you’re discussing whether it’s safer to eat an organic carrot or a conventional carrot. But that’s where we are in the world. At a time when we are more disconnected from the farm than ever before in history, how the heck are we suddenly so educated about something we really know very little about, except what we read on the internet? I’m confessing that I’m no better, other than being well read on the subject. So the question today is which is better, conventional or organic produce? Instead of giving you an exact answer, I’m going to do my best to make it easy for you to decide for yourself.
The Environmental Working Group is a great resource when deciding to shop conventional or organic. They have tested thousands of fruits and vegetables to measure their pesticide and heavy metal burden. The EWG generates a list every year that shows us which are the “dirtiest” fruits and vegetables that have the most pesticides and the “cleanest” that have the least. This guide is an amazing resource when shopping because it allows you to allocate your budget to the cleanest foods and save your extra dollars to buy the dirty foods as organic.
No matter what fruit or vegetable you decide to buy, you should make sure to wash it very well. A vodka or vinegar bath is great to remove extra residue on the skin. If you’re very concerned you can wash and then peel as the skin is where most of the pesticides will be located. Unfortunately the skin is also where a lot of the nutrients are stored.
For more Ask Alex videos visit my Youtube channel.
Wishing you ease at the grocery store,
Ah yes, a bit of balance it seems is fair and literally the best approach. *Deep breaths*