If you checked out the website we recommended in our last post and you are now sufficiently disgusted by pesticides, you may be wondering what to buy. If you’re not planning on buying all of your food certified organic, here’s a great way to prioritize your shopping list:
Buy all your animal foods organic. Conventionally produced animals foods (red meat, poultry, fish, milk and dairy products, eggs) contain far more harmful chemicals than conventionally produced plant foods. Why? Because of their higher fat content. What does fat have to do with it? If you recall from our last post, the chemicals in and on our foods are fat-soluble, meaning that they not only build up in us, they also build up in the animals we eat, and their products (dairy and eggs). For example: butter, being pretty much pure fat, should be at the top of your must-buy-organic list. So, if only buying a few things organic, animal foods are number one.
As for produce, some foods are more heavily contaminated than others. The absolute worst are apples, celery and strawberries. If you’re only going to buy a few plant foods organic, make it these! Environmental Working Group has created an extremely handy chart of what they call The Clean 15 and the Dirty Dozen.