Organic Produce, Is It Better?

Here's what you need to know about organic produce.

It does not use pesticides, and it is not genetically modified (GMO).

From a research perspective the jury is still out if GMO is harmful (true story). Personally, I prefer to avoid GMO. While the research isn't conclusive, I don't think we have enough information available to know that GMO does NOT cause harm long-term.

Organic can be more expensive. To help manage your budget, refer to the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen lists. The clean 15 are not as important to buy organic. The dirty dozen are more important to get organic.

Watch my interview with Isabelle Willis to learn more, and use the Environmental Working Group’s shopping guide as your cheat sheet at your local supermarket.

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Environmental Working Group Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce

Environmental Working Group Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce

Organic produce contains more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants compared to conventional produce.

Here's where it gets interesting...

Because organic produce contains more phytochemicals (natural and often beneficial chemicals found in plants) it can be higher in phenols and therefore salicylates (which are phenols).

This is something to keep in mind if salicylates make your symptoms flare (skin rashes, digestive issues, chronic fatigue, or others). 

There are 2 pieces to this.

  1. Salicylates tend to cause reactions in people that have impaired gut health and leaky gut. We can restore your gut health so you can beat your symptoms and health problems including digestive symptoms, skin rashes, autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue, thyroid problems and food sensitivities.

  2. Salicylates require sulfates and certain liver enzymes to break them down so they can be eliminated from your body. Some people lack these factors and salicylates can build up in your body (there’s a cumulative effect), causing symptom and reactions. We can support detox in these cases to help, and of course look at diet interventions.

Number 2 can be the case in children with behavioral issues, head banging, and in those that are on the spectrum. In children the problem is more likely to affect the central nervous system, which is why symptoms like these result. 

So... is organic better?

Generally I believe so, however it depends on your body, your health status, your budget, and what your goals are.

Everyone is unique.