INTERVIEW: Buying organic food: Is it necessary?

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Here is something else more expensive, organic food. It's supposed to be more healthy, but is it necessary? Dr. David Boyd is a family practice physician and one of our neighborhood health watch doctors, and he's here to talk more about the difference between organic and non organic fruits and vegetables.

Ryan Nobles: You say sometimes it's worth it to spring for the organic products. When is that? 

David Boyd: That's right. Ryan. An easy way to think of it is what's known as the dirty dozen. The dirty dozen is essentially fruits and vegetables that have a peel that we eat. These are going to be your apples, peaches, berries and so forth. Another way to think of it, those really should be the ones you spring for. Another way to think of it is the clean 15. Clean 15 are going to be your fruits and vegetables that you have a peel that you don't necessarily eat, like bananas, mangos, avocados and such; those you can save some money on and buy the traditional non-organic ones. 

Ryan Nobles: We have a list of these up on our screen. Let's go back into the control room to this list of ones that are high in pesticides so people can take a look at them again. We see them there. Explain to me what the dangers are. If you eat these fruits and vegetables on a regular basis that are high on pesticides. 

David Boyd: Its simply that they have a higher pesticide residue. The studies aren't really complete on it, but there is speculation that because they have a higher amount of pesticides, they could potentially cause some health problems. 

Ryan Nobles: So if you can avoid it, you might as well.

David Boyd: You might as well.

Ryan Nobles: As we look at the ones that are lowest in pesticides again, you mentioned -- explain to me again why this particular group of fruits and vegetables there isn't as much risk. Is it because growers don't use as many pesticides on these anymore? 

David Boyd: Not necessarily. Things like corn and bananas, for example, because we don't eat the peel, you're not going to get as many pesticide residues. 

Ryan Nobles: Is it always a good idea to wash the fruits and vegetables off with water. Does that make a difference at all? 

David Boyd: It absolutely does. 

Ryan Nobles: All right. Dr. David Boyd, thank you for being here.

See the video at right for the full interview.

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