Add that to not working Mondays, thus having leisurely Monday morning grocery escapades and y'all, I spent 70 minutes at HEB today trying to decide what we should or shouldn't eat! And 10 of those were in the pasta aisle!
Slightly overwhelmed by all the options, I resolved to Google when I got home. So in case you, like me, don't know, "organic" is the only label that is terribly legit. To be organic, food has to pass USDA standards. If its made with multiple ingredients, like say pasta sauce, 95% of those ingredients have to be organic. This means no chemical pesticides, more natural solutions like crop rotation and no growth hormones in animals. "Natural" is a term that can be thrown around on food willy-nilly.
Of course my next question is "What are the implications of not being organic?" Is there research out there that says my health will suffer or my kids could develop autism? (I mean real research - I'm sure I could find nutcases to support anything.) Or will I build a stronger immune system by eating the occasional pesticide coated fruit, the old "a little dirt never hurt" idea?
Is organic food better for me and my family?From all my reading I've come to one conclusion: nobody else is really sure either.
USDA makes no claims that organically produced food is safer or more nutritious than conventionally produced food. Organic food differ from conventionally produced food in the way it is grown, handled, and processed.
I think for now I'm aiming for whole wheat/grains, low-sodium, fresh (not canned) and of course, that old stand-by, low-fat. I also appreciate this list of items more or less contaminated by pesticides. Perhaps I'll break into the world of organic food with this list.
But come on, who the heck knows. I guess if my kids end up with three eyes each, we should re-evaluate.