organic and regular produce have almost the same
nutritional content, but organic foods are produced
without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, growth
hormones, antibiotics or genetically modified organisms
according to dietitians of Canada, there is not enough
scientific evidence to say that organic food is more
nutritious than non-organic food or that there are any
health benefits to eating organic.
Some people, however, choose the organic option
for these fruits and vegetables because non-organic
production may use a variety of fertilizers, pesticides and
ON A BUDGET
FOO d Wholesome, healthy or even organic foods can be affordable. you might be surprised by the food choices your grocery store offers. Registered ietitians yunyun lee and Sarah o’hara recommend these tips:
Fruits and vegetables
Shop seasonal. For example, pick
up strawberries, raspberries and
blueberries in the summer, when they’re
much cheaper than the rest of the year.
If you can, buy these fruits when they’re in season and freeze them.
For fresh vegetables, consider a community supported agriculture (CSa) program, where
you buy from local farms. Choose between a half-share (more than enough for two
people or an avid vegetarian/vegan) or a full share (enough for a family of four or more).
CSa shares are also great for splitting with others; a half-share is about $13/week.
Shares run from June to mid-September, depending on the harvest. Some farms
also encourage visits to u-pick farms, which can be a great family outing. For more
information, visit www.csaalberta.com/calgary.
Organic, non-organic and nutrition