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Why go Organic?

You may be thinking, is it really necessary to have organic foods?

Great question!

There are certainly some items that it isn't as important to have organic, but there are others that organic should be your only way to go. Some produce soaks up so many pesticides in the growing process that it just can't be good for you, no matter what way you look at it.

Organic European Almonds

Think of it this way. For example, almonds grown in California have to be pasteurized before being sold to the public: “California can use steaming, steam-vacuuming technology, blanching, dry-roasting, oil roasting or propylene oxide. However, propylene oxide, also known as PPO, is prohibited in organic,” said Wendy Larsen, General Manager of Big Tree Organic Farms. PPO is a chemical used in foam for furniture, car seats, and in plane de-icing.

This isn't to say that all non organic almonds are sprayed with PPO. They don't have to disclose to the end customer how they are pasteurized, so we just don't know. If PPO isn't used, there is a good chance that glysophate has been. According to EPA documents from 2015, up to 85% of non organic almonds are sprayed with glysophate, a known cause of cancer.

 For vegetables and fruits, we try to purchase these Dirty Dozen in organic as much as possible:

Strawberries
Spinach
Kale
Nectarines
Apples
Grapes
Peaches
Cherries
Pears
Tomatoes
Celery
Potatoes

On the other side, these are the recommended Clean 15 for 2020:

Avocados
Sweet Corn
Pineapple
Onions
Papaya
Frozen Sweet Peas
Eggplants
Asparagus
Cauliflower
Cantaloupes
Broccoli
Mushrooms
Cabbage
Honeydew Melon
Kiwis

 As for bulk foods, we recommend having as many ingredients as possible organic. The less chemicals your body is exposed to, the healthier you will be. You wouldn't put dirty oil in your car, so why put dirty ingredients in your body? We strongly believe that health starts on the inside.

 Thanks for reading, and stay happy and healthy friends!

 

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