In a perfect world, we'd eat organic all the time. Who doesn't want to avoid consuming pesticides, antibiotics, steroids, genetically modified crops, and human waste? And organically produced food isn't just better for your body: It's better for the environment, too, usually grown in more humane conditions for both animals and workers, and often it's fresher and more flavorful.
Yet eating only organic requires time and money: Pesticide-free items can be difficult to find and can cost as much as 40 percent more than conventional products. Thankfully, though, not all food requires the same chemical load to produce. Use the guide here to prioritize buying organic for those foods most likely to be contaminated, choosing conventional when pesticide-free is too costly or unavailable. Launch Gallery >>
U.S. beef is routinely given antibiotics and growth hormones, which studies have linked to certain cancers. When organic is unavailable, choose grass-fed over grain-fed. Grass-fed meat is usually leaner, higher in omega-3s, and less likely to contain antibiotics. Or try bison, which is almost always grass-fed.
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