Do I Really Need to Eat Organic?


Do I Really Need to Eat Organic? (Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen)

As a nutritionist I often get asked the question, “do I really need to eat organic?” and the answer is yes, and no.

Before I explain, I should share some of the reasons we should be eating at least some organic food items and what the risks are if we don’t.

The chemicals in the synthetic pesticides of inorganic food are incredibly dangerous to our health, leading to illnesses such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and even birth defects. They also have the potential to harm the nervous system, the reproductive system, and the endocrine system.

Although a couple of pieces of inorganic fruit or vegetables here and there won’t kill us, it can add up.

But today’s article isn’t about the risks of eating inorganic food or an attempt to convince you one way or another, it’s simply to shed some light on which foods are safe to eat inorganic and which ones aren’t.

Because of the way some of the plants are structured, such as a thick, inedible skin or their ability (or inability) to absorb the pesticides, it’s not necessary to eat everything organic. Although there could still be benefits to choosing organic, it’s ok to eat some in their inorganic counterpart. These foods are categorized as the Clean 15, or 15 foods that are safe to eat inorganic; and the Dirty Dozen (+ 2), or 14 foods that should always be eaten organic.

Clean 15

Dirty Dozen (+ 2)
Asparagus Apples
Avocados Celery
Onions Cherry Tomatoes
Mangoes Cucumbers
Papayas Grapes
Pineapples Nectarines
Sweet Corn Hot Peppers
Sweet Peas Collard Greens
Sweet Potatoes Peaches
Cabbage Potatoes
Cantaloupe Snap Peas
Cauliflower Spinach
Eggplant Strawberries
Grapefruit Sweet Bell Peppers


As you can see above, there are lots of options that can be eaten inorganic and still remain optimally healthy. Making just a few, educated shifts in our food choices can have an adverse affect on our health and the health of those we love.


By Ricky Goodall, Meditation Instructor & Certified Nutrition Coach

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