The reason for choosing organic is not simply that it contains better nutrients. Commercially grown produce has pesticides and hormone-disrupting chemicals, which overtime can negatively affect your health, even in small traces. Even though the research might suggest that the effects of organic foods and non-organic foods are not clinically significant, the added chemicals can affect the activity of hormones, and the effects creep up on you. You cannot control the amount of toxicants you inhale through air pollution or by other unnoticeable means, but you can minimize your toxic chemical intake by eating organic.
Organic produce is a little more expensive, but the cost savings from not buying junk snacks and prepared foods can easily offset the difference. Farmers markets are the very best source for locally grown, no pesticide or reduced pesticide produce.
If you can’t buy organic, you’ll want to rid your vegetables of pesticides by soaking them in a solution of one part vinegar to one part water before rinsing thoroughly to minimize risk. But the best way is to go organic. If you eat organic produce for just five days, the body clears itself out of most pesticide residue. Some pesticides, such as atrazine, leach into tap water sources – another reason to filter your drinking water.
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