10 Facts about Organic Food ...

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For years, we’ve heard so many things about organic foods from so many different sources.2

The media says they’re amazing, practically miracle foods.

Growers line up on both sides of the organic-foods debate, and tiny mom-and-pop stores, as well as big grocery chains, are all loaded with all kinds of organic foods from popcorn to milk to fruit snacks.

But what’s real, and what’s just hype?

Here are ten facts you need to know about organic foods…

1. It’s Less Likely to Be Infected with E. Coli

It’s Less Likely to Be Infected with E. Coli

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In order for a food item to be labeled “organic” by the USDA, it must follow strict planting, growing, and harvesting guidelines, including how long (and which kinds of) natural manure fertilizer may sit on the fallow land before crops are planted.

There are no such regulations on non-organic foods, so the chances of those fruits and vegetables being contaminated with E.

Coli are greatly increased.

2. It Still Needs to Be Washed

It Still Needs to Be Washed

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Though the chances of organic foods being infected with E.

Coli are very slim, all food items need to be thoroughly washed before they’re eaten or used in cooking.

Cold water is best, since it won’t wilt your leafy vegetables, and since warm or hot water offers no other rinsing benefits.

3. The “dirty Dozen” Are the Best Deal

The “dirty Dozen” Are the Best Deal

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There are some non-organic foods that are so saturated with pesticides and other harmful agents that they’ve been labeled the “dirty dozen.” If you’re thinking of purchasing organic foods, these are the foods to start with, since the non-organic versions are so heavily contaminated.

They include: peaches, apples, bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, imported grapes, spinach, lettuce, and potatoes.

4. The USDA Seal Means Everything

The USDA Seal Means Everything

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There are different USDA terms and labels for different types of organic food designations, but if a food item doesn’t carry the USDA label, it’s not actually organic.

It’s confusing though, since some foods are labeled “hormone-free” or “natural,” but don’t be taken in… it’s not the same as “organic.” The USDA organic seal means that the food item has met the standard for being grown, harvested, and processed with restrictions on hormones, antibiotics, and fertilizers.

That may not sound like a big deal to you, until you learn that some fertilizers used on non-organic crops include sewage sludge, or are bio-engineered, genetically modified, or are radiated to kill bacteria and germs.

Nasty!

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