Molly McNamee | Is eating organic actually healthier?
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Is eating organic actually healthier?

What is healthy?

Does something labeled as organic automatically mean it is good for you? The answer to that may surprise you.

When you walk through your grocery store, what do you see? The outer edges of the store are filled with produce and baked goods. Some of those items are organic and some are not. Then you walk down the aisle to find processed foods and baking items. Again some of these products are organic and some are not. The same can be said for booze, juice and milk.

Nowadays almost every food item has an organic counterpart. However, not all food items are healthy!

Is candy healthy just because it is labeled as organic? No it is not. It is still candy. Organic chips are still chips. And even if you milk the cow yourself, it is not safe to drink a gallon of milk everyday.

The organic stamp cannot make an unhealthy item suddenly healthy. However, it can make your produce better for you.

The dirty dozen is a list of fruits and vegetables that you should buy organic. Reference this list before buying your produce, as the items on the list tend to have the highest pesticide residue. This list changes slightly every year, so keep an eye on it. If you are pregnant or feeding children it is even more important to watch the foods you put in your body.

So, organic food is occasionally better for you, but not all the time. My best advice is to buy food that is healthy whether it is organic or not. You can use the MFit Member Grocery List to determine what foods to fill your diet with. Once you have your list, buy locally, and organic if it seems necessary.

What should you take away from this?

Shop the dirty dozen to ensure your food is safe. Processed foods and sugary snacks aren’t any healthier because they are labeled as organic. Too much of any food is too much. You still have to think about your food choices when you shop organic.