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Feed Your Face: Is Organic Food Worth It?

By Dr Jessica Wu

For the past several months I’ve been writing about which foods to feed your face for better, brighter skin. In that time, many of you have written to me about your experiences and successes (fabulous!) and with your questions — I'll gather and share these in upcoming newsletters. One of the questions that’s come up recently is about the value of organic food. While organic food definitely has some benefits, you could go nuts (and broke) trying to eat organic all the time. If you’d like to incorporate more organic foods but want to watch your budget, here are some ways to choose wisely and eat organic when it matters most:

  • Go organic when it comes to fruits and vegetables that you eat without peeling, like apples, grapes, peaches, lettuce, and tomatoes. Conventionally grown versions are often sprayed with pesticides, which may remain on the skin when you eat them.
  • If you don’t go organic, be sure to wash fruits and veggies carefully, especially raspberries, strawberries, celery, and the like — those that have nooks and crannies where chemicals can collect. Foods that you peel and eat — bananas, avocados, melons, and others — are less likely to expose you to pesticides, even if they’re not organic.
  • Choose organic meat and dairy. Cattle may be given hormones and antibiotics, which end up being absorbed by your body when you eat beef. Similarly, some dairy cows are treated with bovine growth hormone, which survives pasteurization and may affect your hormone levels. In addition, a recent study from Johns Hopkins University showed levels of arsenic, caffeine, and even antidepressants in chickens.

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