The Problem with Organic Fruit and Veg…

If you’re thinking about switching to a more healthy lifestyle, you want to lead a holistic and a completely natural life, then you probably started doing some research. Right? 

 

One of the top tips, is to buy and eat organic foods. Specifically, fruit and vegetables. 

 

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What Are Organic Fruit and Vegetables? 

I heard the word organic a lot in the past, but I never really looked into its relation to fruit and veg – I mean most of them grown on trees or in the ground, aren’t they already organic? 

 

Of course I was forgetting about pesticides, wax and harmful chemicals used on the produce to protect them. Your average supermarket fruit and veg will be full of them. 

 

I remember eating an apple without washing it. Big mistake of course, after about 30 minutes I got abdominal cramps for a good few hours. Even peppermint or camomile tea didn’t shift the pain away. 

 

I got a little bit scared, and nervous… Eating apples is supposed to keep the doctor away, not give me stomach pains. 

 

Of course it makes sense to wash your fruit and veg but not many people do it. The negative effects on our health is the reason why so many experts and other organic enthusiasts will encourage you to opt for organic fruit and veg, or at least wash it properly.  

 

So What Exactly Are Pesticides? 

They are chemicals used to scare off insects, weeds and infections, from crops. As well as fruit and veg, this can also include rice and wheat. According to the University of Washington the fruits and vegetables most likely to have the biggest amount of pesticides are as follows: 

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Nectarines
  • Grapes
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumbers
  • Blueberries
  • Potatoes

As you can see, apples are at the top of that list – which explains my stomach pains… So make sure you pay close attention when buying and washing the above foods.

 

Equally, the fruit and vegetables with the lowest risk of pesticides, are: 

  • Onions
  • Sweetcorn
  • Pineapple
  • Avocado
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet peas
  • Asparagus
  • Mangoes
  • Eggplant
  • Kiwi
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Grapefruit
  • Watermelon 
  • Mushrooms

Have you wondered why organic fruits and vegetables are so expensive? 

 

So did I. I couldn’t believe that an organic broccoli is on average 40p more expensive, than a regular one. I mean, it looks the same? Of course, looks can be deceiving, as we now know that they are packed with toxins. 

If you’re looking for a natural, holistic and toxic-free livin’, you should be buying organic fruit and veg.  

BUT. 

They cost more. 

The main reason why organic fruit and veggies cost slightly more, is because of the lower demand for organic than for regular fruit and veg. It requires more labour/work (as farmers treat the produce different to regular) and there isn’t a whole lot of marketing involved, again meaning less people buy it. 

 

As we know, where there is demand there is supply – as we saw the vegan products figures soar in 2019. 1 in 4 newly launched products in the UK, was labelled Vegan in 2019. 

 

Most of us, are working people and have limited budgets. Most families will have more mouths to feed and will look to save money wherever they can – which is completely understandable. 

 

Even single households might be on tight budgets as this crazy world we’re living in, seems to be getting more expensive with each day. Some of you might be penny savers and like a cheaper option and a good bargain! 

I hear ya. 

I encourage and love finding low-budget solutions. Eating healthy, plant-based or vegan shouldn’t need to be expensive. And yet, you don’t want the toxins in your body as you’re trying to restore goodness and wholeness into your mind, body and soul. What to do?

 

Vegetable and Fruit Cleaner

 This vegetable and fruit cleaner is purely a miracle worker.

Oh it’s a real life saver. It gets rid of fertilisers, wax and pesticides and prolongs the life of your fruit and veg! Awesome right?! 

 

It means less kitchen waste and therefore more money saved, not to mention you can stick to your cheaper fruit and veg options. In fact using a veggie spray can save an average of $500 per family. It’s such a great alternative and it can last you ages! 

 

It’s a great investment, a small bottle that lets you lead a healthy lifestyle and allows you to save money by buying regularly priced fruit and veg and eliminating waste of spoiled or off food. Keeping your body healthy and away from toxic chemicals.

 

Eating Clean (Literally)

A substantial part of eating clean, a good detox or living more naturally is food. Naturally, fruit and vegetables are a must as they’re full of nutritional value and packed with all the vitamins we need. If like us you are on a plant-based diet, then this is a HUGELY important part for your healthy lifestyle. 

 

Why spoil your body with pesticides, wax and toxins? All the meditation, exercise and healthy eating is not having the full effect it could have, when you just ate an unwashed apple or a pack of unwashed grapes… 

 

This is partially important if you are feeding little ones or are pregnant as these pesticides really latch onto those little organisms and can cause some damage (not life-threatening, may I add) but if it’s easily avoidable? Even more of a reason to do something about it…

 

Subscription Veggie Box (Another Alternative)

If like us, you love fresh-tasting fruit and veg as opposed to the limiting options and sometimes average-tasting veggies, try a veggie box. 

 

From personal experience, we can tell you that we can certainly tell the difference in taste, it’s like picking fresh veg from our own garden, it’s delicious and makes us want to cook a new dish every single day. Or better yet, if you have your own garden, why not grow your own?! 

 

These subscription boxes  also include unique recipes in each box (weekly, bi-weekly or as and when you want the box) so if you ever receive a strange looking piece of veg you haven’t got a clue how to cook, the recipes come in pretty handy! 

 

+ you get to try some awesome tasting and new flavours!  We’ve been using Riverford (UK-based) for well over a year now and it’s been an absolute treasure of a box each time we order it… 

 

You can read more about our tried and tested (and much loved) subscription service in this post earthlings.

 

Are Aldi Fruit and Veg Organic?

Some are, and some aren’t. You have to look at the label of each piece of fruit and veg to see whether it is in fact organic. These organic labels tend to be pretty clear and well-marked as organic. It tends to be a green-coloured sticker with a bold ORGANIC written in the middle of the label – hard to miss.

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