What you eat every day is important for your overall wellness. Choosing nutritious foods that are raised organically – without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, and are not GMO – is an important step in maintaining your health.
But some foods are fine if they are raised with conventional methods. As our series continues, here are 2 non-organic fruits and vegetables that are safe to eat – plus a helpful tip to reduce any risk from chemical residue.
Grapefruit – The dense peel of the grapefruit keeps any pesticides from getting in to spoil the succulent fruit. That’s good because this excellent source of Vitamin C boosts your immune system, which is beneficial this time of year to help reduce the severity of cold symptoms. The antioxidant lycopene found in pink and red grapefruit helps fight free radicals known to damage cells.
Tip – Although the pesticides can’t get into the flesh, you’ll need to make sure the peel is chemical free before slicing or peeling. Use a mild cleanser and vegetable brush to thoroughly clean under running water.
Asparagus – Because the surface of asparagus doesn’t allow pesticides to be absorbed, asparagus is one of the cleanest vegetables to buy. Asparagus offers Vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium, fiber and folate – along with antioxidants to help neutralize cell-damaging free radicals.
Tip – Since there is such a slight possibility of chemical residue, just give asparagus a light spray of a vegetable cleaner and rinse. Remember to snap off the white bottoms of each spear before steaming or tossing into a stir fry.
Next week, we’ll discover how to help ensure that non-organic pineapple and avocado are ok to eat.