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Toss up between organic vegetables and quality meat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 03, 2012 at 6:26 PM

I rotate between asparagus, broccoli and eggplant for my dinner vegetables (items on the "clean 15" or close to it). For lunch, I splurge with organic greens (2 cups) and 1/2 c. of cabbage (clean 15). I get a little panicky eating "dirty" vegetables like bell peppers and spinach that is not organic.

I LOVE salad mix...however, organic is so expensive. Will changing to non-organic spinach/greens be worth the pesticide residue? Would it really offer me any benefit beyond what I am already doing? I can get a GIANT bag of collard greens or kale for a pretty good price.

If I can integrate non-organic greens instead of my usual, I think I could splurge a little more on seafood and less chicken. Where is my money better spent?

I like salads for lunch and will keep the spring mix for that...I know I could cut costs by changing this up. But I live in a city that is not on board will the healthy eating trend. I can't buy organic spinach in bunches as opposed to boxed, etc.

What's more important...vegetable quality or protein source?

I spend $50 tops per week on groceries.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

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on December 04, 2012
at 04:40 AM

great answer...I selected yours as it answers the question and goes the extra mile. Im also inspired to grow kale in my office haha

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on December 04, 2012
at 04:38 AM

This didn't cross my mind. Thank you!!

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

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on December 03, 2012
at 08:19 PM

No I do use organic veggies. If I had to sacrifice I wouldn't, though. I just try not to eat my greens raw. Too many situations with dangerous bacteria.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on December 03, 2012
at 08:14 PM

especially purple kale!

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

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on December 03, 2012
at 07:27 PM

Kale would be the coolest office plant...

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on December 03, 2012
at 06:40 PM

Thank you for your answer! I will have to do the vinegar bath:)

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on December 03, 2012
at 06:38 PM

You don't "mess around" as in trying to get organic? Or do you mean you think it organic is important? Thanks!

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on December 03, 2012
at 06:39 PM

I would say quality protein. You can always put vegetables in a vinegar bath to remove most of the pesticides. Except for berries. I always get my berries organic and local.

With the protein, especially beef, the negative by-products are part of the meat and/or fat so it is harder to remove.

That being said, don't let perfection get in the way of progress. If money is tight, eating organic or non-organic vegetables is still pretty good!

I will also say, I get organic spinach from a local farm at a lower price than what I can get non-organic at the grocery... Also I grow my own kale... So May-October you can get better quality cheaper!

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on December 03, 2012
at 06:40 PM

Thank you for your answer! I will have to do the vinegar bath:)

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on December 03, 2012
at 08:14 PM

especially purple kale!

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on December 03, 2012
at 07:27 PM

Kale would be the coolest office plant...

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on December 04, 2012
at 04:40 AM

great answer...I selected yours as it answers the question and goes the extra mile. Im also inspired to grow kale in my office haha

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Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

on December 04, 2012
at 02:12 AM

I would suggest getting a veggie wash spray if you don't already use. You can actually taste the difference.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on December 04, 2012
at 04:38 AM

This didn't cross my mind. Thank you!!

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on December 03, 2012
at 06:40 PM

High quality protein source is the most important. There is a much greater pesticide residue in the fat of animals eating a non-organic diet than there is in non-organic produce.

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on December 04, 2012
at 02:09 AM

definitely go for the good proteins. that is way more important than the veggies. there is so much wrong with the shit they put into factory farmed animals. you should NOT be eating that at all.

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on December 04, 2012
at 01:09 AM

I personally spend top dollar and work the most on finding quality proteins -- pastured meat and eggs, free range, organic, etc. I am less picky about organic vegetables and fruits. I still get them when I can but basically won't eat factory meat or eggs if I can at all avoid it.

I just think that the badness of bad protein is a lot worse than the badness of bad vegetables, except for bacteria and illnesses like salmonella and E. coli. Also the Paleo diet (and my ideal diet) is so heavily based on protein that I feel that I have to get the best source of that which is possible.

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on December 03, 2012
at 07:14 PM

I would say quality protein as well. If you source out some local non organic veggies your going to get more nutrition from those veggies as opposed to organic produce that's trucked or flown into town.

http://chriskresser.com/why-local-trumps-organic-for-nutrient-content

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Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

on December 03, 2012
at 06:37 PM

I don't mess around with raw greens anymore. Especially spinach. The only nutrient you really lose is C.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on December 03, 2012
at 06:38 PM

You don't "mess around" as in trying to get organic? Or do you mean you think it organic is important? Thanks!

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on December 03, 2012
at 08:19 PM

No I do use organic veggies. If I had to sacrifice I wouldn't, though. I just try not to eat my greens raw. Too many situations with dangerous bacteria.

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