Q: Why are organic foods considered better?

A: Organic foods contain no pesticides, which are toxic to us and to our environment. They also don’t contain chemical fertilizers, herbicides and fungicides, all known to cause health problems, including cancer and nervous system and reproductive disorders. But what organic foods do contain is a higher nutritional value, which is important for growing children and can help fight disease in our body.

An organically grown apple, for example, can have as much as 300 percent more Vitamin C and 61 percent greater calcium content than a conventional or non-organic apple. The amount of calcium in organic spinach is 7 times greater than in non-organic spinach and the potassium is an astounding 117 times greater in the organic. In addition, a 10 year research study at the University of California, Davis, found that organic tomatoes had as much as 97 percent more cancer-fighting antioxidants than conventionally grown tomatoes.

My tips:

Shop at farmer’s markets where you can talk to the farmer directly and find out their growing methods.

Look at the “Dirty Dozen” list and especially avoid those that top the list.

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Beth Greer, aka Super Natural Mom®, is an award-winning journalist, green holistic health educator, healthy home expert and impassioned champion of toxin-free living. She’s also a radio talk show host, and trusted consumer advocate, who is leading a movement of awareness and responsibility about healthy homes, schools and work environments. Connect with Beth on Facebook and Twitter.