Foods that are labeled as being organic go through very strict scrutiny to make sure they have complied with the United States Department of Agriculture National Organic Program. This organization ensures that organic foods were grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, GMOs or ionizing radiation.
Farmers who grow organic produce also practice methods that conserve water and make use of as many renewable resources as possible. All of the methods help ensure the safety of the food.
Although growing organic is generally the better process, some produce can be ok if it’s not organic. Here are 2 types of non organic fruits that are safe. Plus, there’s a tip on how to ensure any remaining chemicals have been removed.
Pineapple – The pineapple’s thick skin absorbs nearly all of the pesticides, so once that has been sliced away, it’s safe to eat. The tangy yellow fruit inside features bromelain, which is beneficial for proper digestion and helps decrease inflammation. Plus, a cup of pineapple offers more than a full day’s supply of Vitamin C, which is a mighty antioxidant that boosts the immune system.
Tip – Before cutting off the top and vertically slicing off the skin, be sure to scrub the entire peel with a mild produce cleanser and a soft vegetable brush. Be mindful to drill out the ‘eyes’ with the tip of a paring knife as residue and bacteria can settle in them.
Avocado – With its tough skin, pesticides can’t reach the nutritious light green flesh inside. And what’s waiting inside is a treasure trove of vitamins and nutrients that protect the heart and keep blood sugar levels stable. Avocados are loaded with Vitamins K, B-6, E and C. Plus, they’re packed with potassium and folate. Being that avocados are a rich source of ‘good’ fat, use them on sandwiches instead of cheese or as the base for dips instead of sour cream.
Tip – After thoroughly washing the skin, slice through, lightly rotate the knife around the pit then twist the fruit to open it. Use the edge of the knife to remove the pit, and then lightly score each half while it’s still in the skin.
For more details about the previous editions of this 8-week series of foods that are ok if not organic, follow the links below:
Week 1 – Carrots & Onions
Week 2 – Watermelon & Cabbage
Week 3 – Eggplant & Sweet Potatoes
Week 4 – Cantaloupe & Sweet Peas
Week 5 – Kiwi & Mango
Week 6 – Grapefruit & Asparagus
Week 7 – Papaya & Mushroom