7 Foods You Don’t Need To Buy Organic
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by Mark Sisson: I
Have Never Felt Better in My Life
A couple weeks
ago, I gave you a list
of the top 10 foods you should strive to buy organic. Some of
you found the list useful, while others felt a bit overwhelmed and
disheartened by the information, saying that it felt like they couldn’t
eat anything that wasn’t organic. Today, I’ll try to
make things a little better by giving you a list of the foods which
are perfectly fine in their conventional form. However, even if
the following conventional foods are relatively safe for your
health, some would argue that you should still buy organic
in order to support the workers and protect the environments exposed
to agricultural chemicals. That’s totally valid, and it’s
part of the reason why I try to buy organic, but it’s not
what I’m discussing here. It’s a topic for another time.
Today is about maximizing the health of you and your family while
cutting costs when and where you can.
So, what common,
Primal staples can you buy conventional?
on any Clean
15 or Dirty
Dozen lists anytime soon, because the general public has yet
to catch on to its fatty, nutty delights. That said, we Primal people
eat coconut. We sauté with coconut
oil and slather it onto vegetables, sweet potatoes, hair, skin,
and armpits. We drink and make curries with coconut milk and cream.
We obsess over coconut butter, paying tribute to its glory with
a greasy spoon. And when we’ve been running or training particularly
hard – or it’s hot out – we often reach for the
water. We like our coconut, so it’s in our best interest
to determine whether we should be buying organic or not.
us, it doesn’t look like organic coconut makes a big difference.
Several studies have looked for pesticide residues in coconut products
and come up virtually empty handed. There’s this 2008
study, which was unable to detect any pesticide residues in
crude coconut oil. Poly-aromatic hydrocarbons, which are generated
during the coconut flesh quick drying process and are carcinogenic,
were detected in crude coconut oil but were removed in the refining
process. Virgin unrefined coconut oil, then, may still contain these
hydrocarbons, unless it’s wet-milled
and processed without quick-drying the flesh. That goes for both
organic and conventional coconut oil, to be clear.
researchers examined 15 samples of coconut water using two different
methods of pesticide detection and were unable to detect any of
the 11 pesticides they were looking for.
is also going to be as free from pesticides as any other coconut
product. Since it’s made from fresh flesh, not the dried,
heat-treated stuff, coconut milk should also be free of poly-aromatic
just make you cry for cutting them, they make pests weep at the
thought of eating them. Onions are naturally resistant to pests,
which is probably why just 0.3%
of onions tested for chemical residue came up positive. Big
Agra may cut corners and prioritize profit over quality or consumer
health, but that just means they won’t fork out the money
for chemicals if they don’t have to; they’re not comic
book villains, dumping drums of noxious endocrine disruptors and
carcinogens onto their crops to punish us. Not onion farmers, at
So, feel free
to go wild with conventional onions, because there is very little,
if any, advantage to organic onions from a health perspective. Unlike
many other fruits and vegetables, conventionally grown onions
the same level of polyphenols as organically grown onions.
another safe food that ends up with some
of the lowest pesticide residues around. Maybe it’s the
scaly skin and the way they just kinda “lurk” there
up in tree tricking pests into thinking they’re up against
alligators. Maybe it’s the fact that a bug got burned one
too many times with a beautiful looking avocado that turned out
to be stringy and brown on the inside. Maybe pests just hate
waiting for an avocado to ripen (who doesn’t?) and give up.
Actually, even though a somewhat significant amount of chemicals
can be used on avocado orchards, they just don’t make it into
the fatty, delicious flesh we crave and consume.
both organic and conventional, do use extensive amounts
of copper as a fungicide. Copper is an essential nutrient, but too
much can be harmful. A single Florida avocado contains 0.9 mg, which
is about 100% of the RDI, so don’t go around eating several
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