Organic food is anything grown on a farm that follows strict regulations and does not use chemicals, hormones, pesticides, etc. The belief is that buying organic foods not only promotes your own health, but also that of the planet.
While this sounds great the reality is that organic food usually is not as big as chemically grown food. It can also be quite expensive. If you think you might like to try eating organically, start with the "dirty dozen." These are the top 12 food items that nutritionists recommend you purchase organically because they are the most heavily doused with chemicals. They include:
Shop around for good deals. Some stores offer organic produce at a much lower price than others. You may also find a good food co-op in your area. I am fortunate to live in Amish country and therefore have access to several good, organically-grown farm stands in the summer.
For those who simply cannot afford to purchase organic foods, take heart. You can still thoroughly wash your produce to eliminate most of the chemicals.
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