Locally Grown, Organic, Conventional – Making the Best Choices

Let’s dish on the organic vs. conventional food debate. You’ve been reading about how locally grown products are far superior to conventional, mass-produced products. However, this is not always easy for budget and logistics. While there are clearly strong objections to eating a bunless burger of dubious origin from a fast food joint or buying conventional blueberries flown in from Chile in the dead of winter, these choices are still much better than eating a slice of fresh-baked, organic whole wheat bread–or any other grain product.

Your main commitment should be to eat the highest quality products you can locate and afford in the various food categories. Remember Dr Boz’s Good, Better, Best; you don’t have to stress about the details too much. Meat and eggs should be your #1 priority for organic. If you must purchase conventional meats, choose the leanest possible cuts and trim the excess fat. Then add your own healthy fats. This will significantly reduce your potential exposure to toxins.

So don’t drive yourself crazy trying to hunt down the purest organic fare. As long as you stay far from grains, straying into the conventional domain occasionally won’t thwart your efforts. Happy dining!

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