Health & Wellness

12 Foods You Should Always Buy Organic 

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Posted on: November 25, 2021

Labeling meat, produce, grains and dairy as “organic” describes how farmers grew, handled and processed the food. To have the official organic product seal, the food needs to meet certain standards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Other than seeing a price difference, it can be hard to tell the difference between conventionally and organically grown food. So, is there any benefit to buying organic — and are there certain foods you should always buy organic? 

Why Buy Organic? 

Unlike conventionally grown foods, organic foods offer several benefits. Organic foods can help you find balance in your diet. Organic foods, along with being GMO-free, tend to: 

  • Contain less pesticide residue. 
  • Taste better.
  • Can contain more nutrients. 
  • Be better for the environment. 

Which Foods Should I Buy Organic?

Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) tests produce from the grocery store. The EWG washes a variety of fruits and vegetables like you would do after you bought them from the store to see the amounts of pesticide residue left on each.

Then, they create a chart listing the “Dirty Dozen,” the produce you should buy organic because of high levels of pesticide contamination, and the “Clean Fifteen” — the produce that tends to have the lowest levels of pesticide contamination. 

So, from their “Dirty Dozen” list, the 12 foods you should buy organic include:

  • Apples. 
  • Celery. 
  • Cherries. 
  • Grapes.
  • Kale.
  • Nectarines.
  • Peaches.
  • Pears. 
  • Potatoes. 
  • Spinach. 
  • Strawberries. 
  • Tomatoes.

Their “Clean Fifteen” list includes:

  • Asparagus. 
  • Avocados. 
  • Broccoli. 
  • Cabbage.
  • Cantaloupes.
  • Cauliflower. 
  • Eggplants.
  • Frozen sweet peas.
  • Honeydew melon.
  • Kiwi.
  • Mushroom. 
  • Onions.
  • Papaya.
  • Pineapple. 
  • Sweet corn. 

Browse Tamari and Asian Cooking Sauces Crafted for Health-Conscious Consumers 

While the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” charts focus on produce, another food that you should always buy organic is soy. Soybeans are one of the top GMO crops in the United States. The plant is genetically modified to create a herbicide-tolerant, disease resistant and insect resistant plant. Unfortunately, one downside is that the soybean plant can be sprayed with high levels of pesticides and still continue growing.

Here at San-J, we brew our Tamari sauces using the finest soybeans. Our method for brewing has been passed down for eight generations and ensures that every sauce delivers an authentic food experience. Our Organic Tamari Sauces are Non-GMO verified by the Non-GMO Project as well as free from artificial preservatives, additives, flavors and colors. 

Whether you use it as a marinade, stir fry sauce or dipping sauce, you and your family will be able to indulge in a rich, complex taste — without having to worry about where the soy was grown or how it was processed. 

Create Authentic Food Experiences With San-J Organic Sauces 

Bring your family and friends together around the table and share an authentic food experience with our carefully crafted Organic Tamari Soy Sauce. Whether you are craving something sweet and savory or something with a bit more kick, we have the perfect sauce for you. Create authentic food experiences by trying out one of our recipes with our sauces!

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