It is slowly but steadily becoming common knowledge that conventional crop growing practices are adversely affecting produce quality. Studies have indicated that commercially grown food products are often infused with harmful chemicals such as synthetic additives, growth hormones, synthetic fertilisers, and pesticides. These, in turn, are being ingested by consumers as trace amounts continue to remain present in our food irrespective of cleaning and washing. Buying organic produce limits your exposure to detrimental pesticides and insecticides.
The organic movement is a revolution that not only nurtures soil fertility and biodiversity but also takes a step forward towards the growth and consumption of contamination-free produce.
Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG), releases a Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in produce that lists fruits and vegetables with the highest levels of pesticide residues. Explore our 7 produce recommendations that you are better off buying organic based off data from the EWG shopper’s guide as well as supporting research.
Take a conscious step towards organic living with the list below:
Strawberries remain atop the list as the most pesticide-contaminated food. According to the Environmental Working Group, more than 90 percent of the strawberries sampled tested positive for two or more pesticides. You can continue to enjoy these delightfully sweet winter berries by buying them organic.
A recent study revealed that 92% of Kale, after washing, still contained at least 2 different pesticides. The same organization reported on Kale having a residual chemical whose side effects include enlargement of the liver and thyroid. A popular new-age superfood Kale is loaded with powerful antioxidants like Quercetin and Kaempferol, ensure to buy Kale organically to truly benefit from its nutrients.
Apple may be associated with good health but they are often sprayed with the diphenylamine, a controversial chemical which was recently banned in Europe as its makers could not prove it did not pose a risk to human health. Truly keep the doctor away by choosing delicious and pesticide-free locally grown organic apples.
Celery is a crunchy green favorite that is high in fibre and packed with vitamin C and vitamin B. Pesticides were found to be in more than 95 percent of conventional celery samples. Additional reports indicate that conventionally grown celery contain anywhere between 20 - 50 chemicals depending upon the region in which it is grown. When buying celery ensure to buy organic to stay clear of harmful pesticides and insecticides.
Grapes are quite literally clusters of Vitamins C and K, antioxidants and other nutrients that are known to prevent and lower chances against chronic diseases. The conventional grape samples EWG tested contained an average of five different pesticide residues. More than 96 percent of all samples contained some traceable pesticide residues. Ensure to buy these sweet and juicy pearl-sized fruits organically to reap their true nutritional benefits.
Rich in vitamin A and C, fiber, folic acid ,Spinach has more pesticide residue by weight compared to any other produce tested. Relatively high concentrations of permethrin, a known neurotoxin, has also been detected in several cases. Enjoy this leafy staple organically and ensure to give them a thorough rinse before consuming.
Though sweet corn is a low-pesticide crop, it, unfortunately, is usually grown from genetically modified seeds. Some studies suggest that GMOs affect the ability of individuals to fight against diseases by becoming more resistant to antibiotics. Organic farming prohibits the usage of GMOs, keeping you safe from any side effects.
Making the switch to eating organically may appear daunting at first. Breakdown your transition into small steps that begin with replacing highly contaminated produce like those listed above with authentic organic produce.
Zama Organics is dedicated to providing you with the best organically grown produce and ingredients India has to offer, from fruits and vegetables to spices and kitchen staples. We partner with the most responsible farms across India to ensure our products are free of harmful chemicals and pesticides. Order online today to taste and feel the difference. You can also call or Whatsapp us at 70458 56105 to place your order.
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