Dr. Andrew Weil has been making it his business to know what foods are healthy for many years now. He leans toward organic foods to avoid the pesticides and other toxic chemicals that find their way into our food supply.
Since organic food can be expensive or hard to find, he has some suggestions. He cautions against foods that are the most highly contaminated and recommends some others that are less contaminated by toxic chemicals.
(Transcribed from video interview)
I have been a longtime proponent of organic foods and organic agriculture.
I think the main reason to eat organic is to avoid bad things in food, particularly residues of agrochemicals, pesticides, fungicides and so forth.
There’s arguments whether organic foods are nutritionally superior. I think they might be.
They might have higher content of carotenoids and other micronutrients but the main reason to eat organic is what you are not getting there that you are getting certainly lower amounts of toxic chemicals that are in conventionally produced produce.
Now I realize that for many people, and women are the main shoppers, that buying organic food is difficult; either it’s not available or it’s more expensive.
So I recommend that people familiarize themselves with the crops that are most likely to be contaminated and in those instances either to not eat them or to try to get organic versions.
The best source of information on this is a website www.ewg.org – this is the website of the environmental working group in Washington, a non-profit group that periodically puts out a list of what they call the dirty dozen – the 12 most contaminated crops in this country.
They also put out an accompanying list of the least contaminated crops and it’s interesting to look at these, I mean always in the most contaminated group are strawberries, US-grown cherries, peaches, apricots, green beans but it’s not everything.
So you can make a decision that in these instances you will either avoid them or get organic versions.
And it’s also good to know that for other crops like bananas, avocados, it’s not that important.