Thursday, April 10, 2014

Does that organic label matter?

So...is this an organic to-MAY-to? Or an organic to-MAH-to? 

I've mentioned before that I try to buy organic food items when I can. But sometimes I'm not certain how some of these products are determined to be organic vs conventional. Thanks to Sjogren's Forum for tweeting this link from Mayo Clinic about organic foods which helps clarify the issue:
Organic Foods: Are they safer? More nutritious? 
Once found only in health food stores, organic food is now a regular feature at most supermarkets. And that's created a bit of a dilemma in the produce aisle. On one hand, you have a conventionally grown apple. On the other, you have one that's organic. Both apples are firm, shiny and red. Both provide vitamins and fiber, and both are free of fat, sodium and cholesterol. Which should you choose? Continue reading here
What do you think? Are organic foods worth the increased price?

6 comments:

Sue said...

Depends what the item is. I never buy organic bananas because we don't eat the peel but I might buy organic apples.

Brigid Rauch said...

Given the choice, I always buy organic. Autoimmune diseases run in the family, but they've been emerging sooner with each generation. It makes sense to me to avoid pesticides/herbicides as much as possible. The safe exposure limits are set for the typical person. My guess is that since I have Sjogren's, I'm not "typical".
As an added bonus - organic prepared foods - bread, cookies, frozen dinners -tend to consist of real food - the same ingredients I use in my own kitchen when I have the time and energy!

Kelly said...

I'm just going to say that my hubby, who is a full-time professional farmer, works very hard every day to "encourage soil and water conservation and reduce pollution" but is not a certified "organic" farmer.

Thanks to all of our hard-working farmers, our food is the safest in the world, whether you choose organic or traditionally farmed.

I do buy organic milk as it seems to set up better in yogurt and cheese, but never Ultra-pasteurized as it won't set up at all.

In terms of produce, I go more by country of origin than whether it's organic or not. Especially if I'm going to eat something uncooked, I look for things grown in the USA.

Nicole said...

I try to eat organic animal products as animals tend to concentrate toxins in their tissues. So milk, and also meat, when possible. If not organic than hormone and antibiotic free. Also, I go for organic in the soft fruits such as strawberries and peaches. It's easy to find lists of which produce collects the most chemicals. Also, I avoid GMOs (mostly corn, peanuts and potatos), which sometimes means going organic. I have one AI disease and antibodies for another, as well as gluten intolerance/possible celiac and plenty of allergies. I try to keep my immune system as happy as possible - but I'm not super strict about anything besides gluten.

Erica Casey said...

I think its debatable. There is often a large difference in price and the question of it being worth it, I tend to say no. I enjoy a lot of frozen fruit ( Dole ) and frozen vegetables. I container garden in the spring and some and do not use pesticides and I love our local farmers market. I don't mind paying the farmer direct.

Anonymous said...

I feel that organic foods are better for you as they don't have the exposure to pesticides and additives, which MAY contribute to so many chronic illnesses. I buy them when the price is right and also grow my own as much as possible.

For additional insight, you may want to read this article:
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/09/17/organic-vs-conventional-food.aspx

BeckyJo


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