One of the best ways to experience energy from food is to eat organic foods. Have you ever noticed that eating organic food can make you feel more vital and it tastes much cleaner and more flavorful? Originally, all foods were organically grown without synthetic pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers or hormones. Large-scale farming with chemicals began around World War II, which was when food processing and manufacturing exploded the market. This chemical process has actually depleted much of the world’s soil of it’s minerals and nutrients. Because of this, vegetable and animal foods are not only deficient in nutrients, but they are also full of pollutants and agro-chemicals. YUCK!
Pesticides, which are found in most commercial produce, must be processed by our immune systems and have been shown to cause cancer as well as liver, kidney and blood diseases. Once pesticides build up in our tissues, our immune system weakens, allowing other carcinogens and pathogens to affect our health. Organic farming works quite differently. The soil is fed with broken down plant waste (compost), rather then using artificial fertilizing methods. The crops are rotated from year to year to allow the soil to retain its nutrients between growing cycles. Animals graze in different areas each season to let grasses recover and replenish between seasons. All of these practices are long-term, sustainable methods of farming that work with the natural environment, instead of adding chemicals to it.
Fresh organic produce contains more vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other micro-nutrients that intensively farmed produce. The average conventionally grown apple has 20-30 artificial chemicals on its skin, even AFTER rinsing. The best way to spot organic produce in the store is to check out each food’s price look-up number or PLU. You should find a PLU sticker on each piece of produce. Each piece of produce has a specific number associated with it and it is the same number throughout the entire country. Conventionally grown fruits and veggies have 4-digit numbers and generally begin with a 3 or a 4. Organically grown fruits and veggies have 5 digits and begin with a 9. Genetically modified fruits and veggies also have 5 digits and begin with an 8. Example, the PLU for a conventionally grown banana is, 4011; for an organic banana it’s 94011 and for a genetically modified banana it’s 84011. The next time you’re shopping, check the PLU numbers for yourself.
Some people complain that organic produce is too expensive. I can argue that I save so much money on medical bills that the extra money I spend on organic food is worth every penny. There is a good way to start to transition from eating conventional to organic. There are two lists that have been created by the EWG or Environmental Working Group that are very helpful. The lists are, The Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15. The Dirty Dozen, is a list of the produce with the most residues (in order from most contaminated) and the Clean 15, is produce with the lowest levels of residues (in order from least contaminated).
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Nectarines (Imported)
- Grapes (Imported)
- Blueberries (domestic)
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas
- Cantaloupe (domestic)
- Sweet Potatoes
So there you have it! If you want to start transitioning over to organic produce, start with the Dirty Dozen and then gradually add it the rest of your favorites. I hope that this has been helpful and that you have learned something new today!
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