In our neighborhoods, we are the “weirdos” who eat organic and refuse to eat anything else. We believe the potential genetic modification and pesticides used on “regular” produce is not worth the risk to our health. ”Organic is so expensive!” they say to us. Organic will cost you a little extra but you’ve got to pay for quality..right? 6&6 decided to do a science experiment with potatoes.
After 5 days, the organic potato started to sprout and soften. The non-Organic potato remained exactly the same, hard and did not sprout. It soaked up more water than the organic potato but still looked pretty as can be. The non-organic potatoes look more “perfect.” They have more uniform round shape, less grooves and are meant to look pretty on the shelf at the store for longer. As we looked at this pretty potato, we asked ourselves, “Is this good for me or was it made to just look good and sell?” Yikes!
After 12 days, the organic potato has several sprouts including several long sprouts. It is naturally softening and trying to regenerate. The non-organic potato still looks pretty and has the start or a small sprout. If I saw this non-organic potato in the grocery store, I would consider buying it. The organic potato was totally “un-buyable.” Here’s what they looked like…
So at the end of the day, you have got to weight up your options and make a decision that is right for you. Is the extra cents worth it, on organic, if you have fewer health problems, fewer chemicals in your body, less trips to the doctor, possibly eliminate your allergy medication (which is what Kellie saw), fewer GI distress issues and potentially more energy from your “cleaner” body?
To us, the answer is clear! Organic baby any time you can! You can always refer to the dirty dozen and clean fifteen lists! http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/
A rule of thumb we use, is to buy organic on anything with a thin skin. If budget is an issue, non-organic produce with thick skins, such as pineapple, watermelon etc, can be ok. Keep in mind, that some non-organic products may be genetically modified and should always be bought organic. These are zucchini, papaya, corn, soy, rice, tomatoes, potatoes, milk, canola oil and aspartame!