Tuesday, December 12, 2006

December 12

Going organic. Have you thought about it? It's been a gradual process over a number of years, being swayed by costs, benefits, friends, convenience, consciousness, but I'm practically there. It seems like it is just making more sense, but like anything you have to be careful and know what you are buying. It has taken years for legislation to catch up on nutritional labelling and even then it is not universal. You have to read the ingredients, know your labels to be sure. Consumer beware!

Some things to consider on the subject of organic vs. "conventional".
  • higher nutritional levels - organic crops on average do contain higher levels of trace minerals, vitamin C, and antioxidant phytonutrients.
  • data compiled show that since 1940s, mineral levels in fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy have declined substantially - then consider pre-ripened picking, longer storage, more processing of crops
  • lower pesticide residue - children eating organic foods have been found to have 1/6th less pesticies than children eating conventional foods - and pesticides are linked to development problems
  • organic foods prohibit MSG, preservatives, food colouring (like yellow #5), artificial sweetners, hydrogenated fat, phosphoric acid in their production. These food additives have been linked to hyperactivity in pre-school children
  • you are avoiding GMO foods ( genetically modified foods)
If you are still not sure, but willing to give it a go or go half time or one time or whatever time. Consider the following:

Highest in Pesticides
These 12 popular fresh fruits and vegetables are consistently the most contaminated with pesticides—buy these organic.

Apples , Bell Peppers
Celery, Cherries
Grapes (imported), Nectarines
Peaches , Pears , Potatoes
Red Raspberries, Spinach, Strawberries

Lowest in Pesticides
These 12 popular fresh fruits and vegetables consistently have the lowest levels of pesticides.
Asparagus, Avocados
Bananas, Broccoli , Cauliflower, Corn (sweet)
Kiwi, Mangos , Onions
Papaya, Pineapples, Peas (sweet)

For myself, I have just realized that since going organic, I no longer am getting my monthly colds. Remember??? my not calling friends and family because I was always sick or having a sore throat. Well maybe it is linked, maybe it isn't...but the bottom line is that it can't hurt. There is so much care on the creams to stay soft and hydrate, on cleanser, on antibacteria, things that are external - paying a smidgen on what you put into your body might make just a little bit of sense.


Sources:
http://www.grinningplanet.com/2005/12-27/health-benefits-of-organic-food-article.htm
http://www.organicconsumers.org/organic/health-benefits.cfm
http://www.helpguide.org/life/organic_foods_pesticides_gmo.htm

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