Puleeeeeze buy organic when you can…

Totally appalled by this post from Cadie Joy about organic vs. non-organic apples. I get a little complacent about buying organic every now and then, but this makes me realize that I shouldn’t. It is sometimes more expensive, but if you can possibly do it…do it. Read ’em and weep, folks…

Let’s talk about apples. 

The average apple found in the grocery store is 14 months old. 14 MONTHS. 

How is it possible that something so shiny and delicious is so old? 

🍏 Typically apples are sprayed every 6 weeks while growing to get rid of pests and maintain growth
🍏 The chemical diphenylamine (DPA) is sprayed on apples to help maintain their freshness when they are picked, it gives it that shiny appearance
🍏This process is what helps make “birthday apples,” the industry nickname for apples that are sold after a year in storage 

🍏Does this all matter? YES! 

🍎After just 3 months in storage apples have lower vitamin C and polyphenol content compared to freshly picked (they aren’t as nutrient dense 😔)
🍎The chemical DPA is banned in other countries because of safety concerns 😁
🍎Apples have been at the TOP of the Dirty Dozen list for years (those produce items with the highest chemical and pesticide residue)

Back to the picture…

On the left is a conventionally grown apple. It was sprayed every 6 weeks followed by a big dose of DPA to seal it all in and keep it looking fresh for 1 year or more.

On the right is an organically grown apple. Do you see the difference? Which do you want to eat?

Get organic, locally produced apples when you can. Even if you can’t find organic, picking apples yourself is a great option to avoid DPA.

Get organic, locally produced apples when you can. Even if you can’t find organic, picking apples yourself is a great option to avoid DPA.

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