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  • 1. Food: Buy Organic or Not?Office of Health Education and Promotion University of New Hampshire (603) 862-3823 www.unh.edu/health-services
  • 2. BUY ORGANIC
  • 3. Buy Organic… Foods most susceptible to pesticidesPeaches Strawberries Apples Although some pesticides are safe, they are still toxic Bhargava, H. (2011). Organic Foods Slideshow: To Buy or Not to Buy Organic. WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/ss/slideshow-to-buy-or-not-to-buy-organic
  • 4. Buy Organic…Foods most susceptible to pesticidesCucumbers Sweet Bell Peppers Celery Buy organic or not, you should always wash produce Bhargava, H. (2011). Organic Foods Slideshow: To Buy or Not to Buy Organic. WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/ss/slideshow-to-buy-or-not-to-buy-organic
  • 5. Buy Organic… Foods most susceptible to pesticides Nectarines Grapes Blueberries Reduce pesticide residues, dirt, and bacteria with a good washing Bhargava, H. (2011). Organic Foods Slideshow: To Buy or Not to Buy Organic. WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/ss/slideshow-to-buy-or-not-to-buy-organic
  • 6. Buy Organic… Foods most susceptible to pesticides GreenCucumbers BeansSweet Bell Peppers Celery Take caution not to cross-contaminate foods Bhargava, H. (2011). Organic Foods Slideshow: To Buy or Not to Buy Organic. WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/ss/slideshow-to-buy-or-not-to-buy-organic
  • 7. Buy Organic… Foods likely to have added hormonesPotatoes Milk Kale Spinach Avoid antibiotic and hormone growth, buy these foods in organic form Bhargava, H. (2011). Organic Foods Slideshow: To Buy or Not to Buy Organic. WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/ss/slideshow-to-buy-or-not-to-buy-organic
  • 8. Buy Organic… Foods likely to have added hormonesPeanut Butter Lettuce Beef Avoid added hormones and unwantedchemicals, buy these foods in organic form Bhargava, H. (2011). Organic Foods Slideshow: To Buy or Not to Buy Organic. WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/ss/slideshow-to-buy-or-not-to-buy-organic
  • 9. BUY NON-ORGANIC
  • 10. Buy Non-Organic… Foods with the least pesticides Bananas Mangoes Papaya Thick peels protect the inside of the fruit from pesticides Bhargava, H. (2011). Organic Foods Slideshow: To Buy or Not to Buy Organic. WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/ss/slideshow-to-buy-or-not-to-buy-organic
  • 11. Buy Non-Organic… Foods with the least pesticides Watermelon Cantaloupe Pineapples Thick peels protect the inside of the fruit from pesticides Bhargava, H. (2011). Organic Foods Slideshow: To Buy or Not to Buy Organic. WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/ss/slideshow-to-buy-or-not-to-buy-organic
  • 12. Buy Non-Organic… Foods with the least pesticides Grapefruit Kiwi Avocados Thick peels protect the inside of the fruit from pesticides Bhargava, H. (2011). Organic Foods Slideshow: To Buy or Not to Buy Organic. WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/ss/slideshow-to-buy-or-not-to-buy-organic
  • 13. Buy Non-Organic… Foods with high nutrients Cabbage Eggplant Broccoli These nutrients outweigh any potential pesticide exposure Bhargava, H. (2011). Organic Foods Slideshow: To Buy or Not to Buy Organic. WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/ss/slideshow-to-buy-or-not-to-buy-organic
  • 14. Buy Non-Organic… Foods with high nutrientsAsparagus Mushrooms Sweet Peas These nutrients outweigh any potential pesticide exposure Bhargava, H. (2011). Organic Foods Slideshow: To Buy or Not to Buy Organic. WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/ss/slideshow-to-buy-or-not-to-buy-organic
  • 15. Buy Non-Organic… Foods that have an outer layer Onions Sweet Potatoes Corn You can peel away bacteria and germs (Still give them a good wash before eating) Bhargava, H. (2011). Organic Foods Slideshow: To Buy or Not to Buy Organic. WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/ss/slideshow-to-buy-or-not-to-buy-organic
  • 16. Organic Terminology• “100% Organic” – No synthetic ingredients. Has organic seal.• “Organic” – Minimum of 95% organic ingredients. Hasorganic seal. Meat, eggs, poultry and dairy must come fromanimals that have not been exposed to growth hormones orantibiotics.• “Made with Organic Ingredients” – Item contains at least70% organic ingredients. No organic seal. Bhargava, H. (2011). Organic Foods Slideshow: To Buy or Not to Buy Organic. WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/ss/slideshow-to-buy-or-not-to-buy-organic
  • 17. Can’t Afford or Find Organic? “It is a better choice to eat fruits and vegetables than to avoid fruits and vegetables because you can’t find or afford to buy organic.” •Suzanne Sonneborn UNH Nutrition Educator, Health Services
  • 18. Download the Dirty Dozen Guide App!http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/guide/

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