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17.10.2017

When To Go Organic

It’s the perennial question – whether or not to spent the extra money on buying organic. If you’ve ever watched your hand hover over the organic veg in the supermarket only to decide that it’s not worth the extra pennies, then you’re not alone. There’s no escaping the fact that organic is more expensive and that many of us just can’t afford it, but then there’s always that nagging sense of “what am I putting into my body that really shouldn’t be there?”

Do Pesticides Cause Harm?

A review of existing scientific evidence was commissioned by the European Parliament and showed that consuming food containing high levels of pesticides has an adverse effect on the brain, with another study indicating that pesticides account for the loss of nearly 13 million IQ points yearly across the EU. The potential effect of pesticides on diseases like Parkinson’s has also been well researched and the findings are worrying. Although traces of pesticides are often deemed to be under international safety levels, this doesn’t take into account the cumulative effect of ingesting many different kinds of pesticides in even small amounts. Food for thought indeed.

So, what’s the answer?

The campaigning charity Pesticide Action Network, or PAN UK for short, says that although around 60% of fruit and veg contains pesticide residue, it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing approach when it comes to the crunch with some foods being significantly better, or worse, than others. Prif, or the Expert Committee on Pesticides in Food, provides independent advice to the government on the monitoring of pesticide residues in food and is a good place to start when working out which foods it’s best to go organic with.

Here’s a list of foods where you should definitely consider buying organic followed by ones where you can opt for non-organic without worrying too much.

The Baddies – go organic!

Strawberries

Apples

Nectarines and Peaches

Oranges

Lemons and limes

Pears

Grapes

Cherries

Tomatoes

Pre-packed salads

Bananas

Spring greens and Kale

Herbs

Spinach

Cucumber

Celery

Blueberries

Potatoes

 

The Goodies – this is where you can save your pennies

Beetroot

Mushrooms

Avocado

Sweetcorn

Turnip

Kiwi fruit

Mangoes

Cauliflower

Cabbage

Peas

Asparagus

Avocado

Broccoli

Swede

Sweet potato

Aubergine

Pineapple

Pumpkin/squash

Grapefruit

Honeydew and Cantaloupe Melon

Our team of Medical Herbalists and Nutritional Therapists are here to help you make the best decisions about your diet. Call 0131 225 5542 to make an appointment

 

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Dee Atkinson MNIMH

Dee is one of the UK's top herbalists and owns and runs D. Atkinson Herbalist in Edinburgh - a herbal dispensary and shop which provide a wide range of herbal medicines, vitamins, supplements, herbal skincare as well as a herbal dispensary. Next door is Napiers Clinic.

Dee qualified as a Medical Herbalist in 1988 and took over Napiers the Herbalists in 1990, building it up into one of the UKs most respected and trusted Complementary Medicine Clinics.

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