The internet is a vast, confusing source of information about how to eat healthy. And it seems to be about this time of year when folks are trying to make good on their New Year’s resolutions that those google searches about healthy recipes and which apple yields the biggest metabolism boost.

One thing that doesn’t need to enter your thoughts? Spending more money to buy organic.

While organic and non-organic foods are produced using different farming methods, nutritionally, they are no different. Both organic and non-organic food uses pesticides and other methods of protection to keep your food safe.

In this blog post from Illinois Farm Families, a Chicago mom discovers some of the differences, and similarities, between organic and traditionally grown produce.

Here’s a notable quote from her post:

” I have always assumed that organically grown fruits and vegetables were basically “naturally grown”, meaning existing in or caused by nature.  So I thought they were grown in a greenhouse or large garden, with no pesticides or chemicals used at all.  What I learned is that organic farmers are able to use pesticides and fertilizers, they just have to be of plant or animal origin.  Besides, traditional farmers aren’t just out there spraying pesticides all over their fruits and vegetables all willy-nilly.  Pesticides and fertilizers are used to make sure the farmers are able to provide the best possible products to their consumers.  Make sure you wash your fruits and vegetables and any left over residue is not harmful.  So I feel very comfortable continuing to purchase traditionally grown fruits and vegetables for my family. “

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