• To Be or Not To Be Organic

    by: Michael Daly

    Eating more organic food is a great step on your way to a healthy lifestyle, and doing so is recommended because of the lack of information consumers have on the possible health damages non-organic food has on your brain and body.  With organic foods, there is no mystery.  Organic produce can be higher in antioxidants and lower in toxins than foods produced by non-organic or conventional farming methods. Organic eggs, low fat milk and yogurt are also said to contain low levels of hormones.  Organic meats are also lower or free of added hormones, antibiotics and glutamine-containing broth.

    organic food_organic food_freedigitalphotos.netfreedigitalphotos.netThe Environmental Working Group suggests that the following foods, that they call their “Dirty Dozen”, make the most sense for going organic.

    Apple, Celery, Strawberry, Peaches, Spinach, Nectarines, Grapes, Peppers, Blueberries, Lettuce, Kale/Collard Greens.

    Introducing more organic foods into your diet is not only healthy for you, but also the environment. Organic farmers do not practice massive irrigation nor do they rotate crops instead of using fertilizers. These techniques deplete the soil, and make it harder to farm on in the future. Organic Farmers also feed their livestock properly and treat them humanely.

    Going completely organic might not be practical for some people, so we suggest gradually introducing organic foods into your diet. This will make you and your family more accustomed to your new diet and healthy lifestyle. This being said, the Environmental Working Group has a list of Clean Foods that are less important for purchasing organic.

    Onions, Sweet Corn, Pineapple, Avocado, Asparagus, Sweet Peas, Mangos, Eggplant, Cantaloupe, Kiwi, Cabbage, Watermelon, Sweet Potatoes, Bananas, Grapefruit, Broccoli, Papaya, and Mushrooms.

    Bottom Line: we recommend organic foods and we think it is an important factor in achieving the healthy lifestyle that your strive for.  If you can only afford to purchase a few organic foods, start with the “Dirty Dozen”.

     

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