When roaming through the produce section of your favorite grocery store, there’s usually a dedicated section to organic food, giving you a healthier alternative that will dig into your pockets a bit more.
The belief that organic food doesn’t use pesticides, heck, even the belief that all organic products are 100 percent organic, is false, according to ASAP Science.
While organic crops aren’t grown using “synthetic,” or manmade pesticides, they can still be grown using “natural” pesticides, by USDA standards. According to ASAP, there are over 20 chemicals that are approved for use in organic foods.
Now, the part that will forever be debated, but ASAP claims as gospel, is that natural pesticides might actually be more harmful than the synthetic ones.
Even some of the organic labeling can be misleading, as only products must be clearly labeled as “100 percent” organic, otherwise, the product is only partially organic.
If a product is labeled simply as “organic” it only has to be 95 percent organic. If the product reads, “made with organic ingredients,” in only needs to be 75 percent organic. If something reads, “containing organic ingredients,” it only needs to be 50 percent organic.
So if you’re worried about the organic food you’re eating, looking for the “100 percent” products are your best bet.
Check out ASAP Science’s complete organic food wrapup below, and maybe keep it in mind next time you’re at Kroger, trying to get the freshest broccoli.