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Should You Go Organic?

You want the best for yourself and your baby, and the idea of eating organic foods -- those that are grown without chemicals -- appeals to you. However, organic foods tend to be more expensive than conventionally raised food. Is it worth spending the extra money?

The American Dietetic Association (ADA) says no. There is no evidence that organic produce is better or safer than conventionally grown produce.

Other organizations disagree. For example, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) says that the U.S. government does not regulate pesticide use stringently enough and that Americans should choose organic produce whenever possible.

It's up to you to decide what you want and can afford to do. One option is to compromise and choose organic only when you're selecting the 12 fruits and veggies that, according to the EWG, have been shown to contain the most pesticide residue.

Whether you choose organic, conventionally grown, or some of each, what matters most is that you eat 2-4 servings of fruit and 3-5 servings of vegetables every day. Always wash produce -- conventional or organic--before eating it.

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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