Organic Food is Best
Organic food is becoming cheaper and more readily available, little by little. Even Wal-Mart is getting in on the organic game, as they are planning to start stocking some organic foods in the very near future. Some people wonder if organic foods are really better than conventional foods or if they simply cost more. While it is true that organic foods are substantially more expensive, it may be worth the extra cost to preserve the health of your family. Furthermore, as demand for organic foods increases, the amount of time and money farmers have invested in the production of organically grown foods will increase and prices will come down.
Organic foods are grown without traditional pesticides and herbicides. As a result, many people think that all the chemicals are on the outside of the plant, and that by thoroughly washing and/or peeling their fruits and vegetables that they can get away with conventionally grown foods. However, there are a couple of things wrong with this line of thinking. For one, the pesticides and the herbicides get into the soil and taken to the flesh of the fruit or vegetable through the root.
While peeling and washing gets rid of lots of chemicals, it certainly doesn't get rid of all of them. Furthermore, the skin is often the most nutrient dense part of the food. Most of the nutrients in apples and potatoes, for example, is in the peel. By not eating the skin of most fruits and vegetables, you negate much of the good that eating fruits and vegetables cause.