Are you a fan of organic foods? Continue reading for some tips to make the most of eating organic foods.
Organic foods can include fresh vegetables and fruits, which are not processed and come directly from the growers through farmer’s markets, supermarkets, and roadside stands.
Many of these products are only available during certain times of the year. One can also get organic eggs, dairy products and meat in their fresh and unprocessed forms.
Organic products are good and safe to eat.
They are natural, tastes good and you are sure that there are no harmful chemicals and pesticides along with it.
Several recent studies on farms which produce organic foods determined that organic farms don’t release synthetic pesticides into the ground, the air and, most importantly, the water table.
Some of the inorganic, chemical pesticides are known to be harmful to wildlife and other animals.
Organic farms also are superior to conventional farms when it comes to maintaining surrounding natural ecosystems. This includes maintaining healthy populations of natural plants, insects, and indigenous animals. They also rotate crops more often to maintain a healthy soil.
When researchers calculated the energy use per unit area or per unit of the yield of organic food-producing farms, it was found that organic farms used less energy and generated less packaging and chemical waste than conventional produce farms.
The yield in organic produce farms is about 20 percent less when those farms used half the fertilizer and 97 percent less pesticide than conventional farming.
Others feel that organically-used soil is of a higher quality and maintains higher water retention than farms that raise produce conventionally.
This factor may improve the yield of organic farms during years when rainfall is less than average.
In one study on organic farming techniques, a comparison of an organic farm and a conventional farm during a drought season, the yields of soybeans were between 50 and 90 percent better than the regular farms.
Organic corn yields were mixed but, on average, the farms were on par with conventional farms.
Consider the risk of pesticide exposure on farm workers.
Farm workers on organic farms are spared the health risks of being exposed to pesticides, which are great, even when used correctly.
Pesticides made from organophosphates, in particular, can cause serious acute health problems with over-exposure.
Long-term exposure, unfortunately, is associated with breathing problems, memory problems, skin conditions, cancer, miscarriages and birth defects.
To make matters worse, those who eat food not grown in an organic fashion can be exposed to both pesticides and herbicides that remain on the food. This is why all produce from conventional farms should be washed carefully.
Exposure to certain herbicides is known to cause birth defects, even in small doses.
Sadly, one recent study showed that the greatest source of pesticides in babies is through the dietary consumption of food not grown in an organic fashion.
On a happier note, another study found that a group of children who were switched from a regular diet to an organic diet dramatically reduced their levels or organophosphate pesticide exposure.
In addition, studies have shown that organic food actually tastes better in taste tests than conventional food.
If you want to keep your family as healthy as possible, consider making the switch to organic foods. The benefits to the environment and likely to your family’s health are considerable.
Now, these are healthy eating tips that help you decide on what to consume on you organic living pursuits.
1. Cooking with coconut oil is better than olive oil.
1. Cooking with coconut oil is better than olive oil.
It has more Omega-3s and doesn’t oxidize in sunlight or high temperatures.
2. Try coconut or almond based ice cream.
It is a fantastic way to indulge, without eating dairy.
3. Most organic eggs come from cooped up chicken fed organic produce.
Organic eggs are generally provided by free-range chickens and not from those kept in cages in large, egg factories. For true free range eggs, find a local farmer on localharvest.org or similar websites in your location.
4. Avoid cheap vegetable oils at all costs.
They’re high in Omega-6 and very unhealthy.
5. Most “grass fed” beef are still grain finished.
For 100% grass fed beef, look for a local farm you can buy from.
Organic meats must not come from animals that have been treated with any growth hormones, steroids or antibiotics.
6. Most fruits have quite a high Glycemic Index.
The exception is berries, including strawberries, which are low GI and very healthy.
7. Avoid large fish like tuna.
Large fish eat small fish and build up higher concentrations of mercury.
8. Avoid multi-vitamins.
Instead, build your own vitamin stack. Most multi-vitamins skimp on the important nutrients.
9. Consider supplementing Omega-3.
It’s perhaps the most important supplement of all for the health conscious.
10. Spinach wilted? Still consumable.
As long as it doesn’t don’t smell, you can still cook it and it will be just as good.
11. Try to eat as much of your produce raw as possible.
Cooking destroys enzymes and can reduce vitamin content by 12 times.
12. Organic beans are a great source of protein.
Make sure you cook them thoroughly, as semi-cooked beans are toxic.
13. Quinoa is a complete amino acid.
It provides your body with all the proteins you need. Yummy and easy to cook, too!
14. Never eat the skin of non-organic papayas or mangoes.
Some are dipped in toxic pesticides when they cross the border. Unless you are in a tropical country that these fruits are part of your produce.
15. Make your jams at home.
Most commercial jams, even organic, like peanut butter jam or strawberry jam, is high in sugar.
16. Agave nectar isn’t much healthier than traditional sugar.
Organic honey is better, while organic coconut sugar is best.
17. Nut milk in supermarkets contains a lot of additive ingredients.
For best results, make your own. It only takes 10 minutes.
18. Nuts can be healthy snacks but eat less of them.
They’re also very high in fat and calories. Enjoy them, but eat in moderation.
19. Add a few Brazil nuts to your diet.
It’s one of the few foods high in selenium, which is good for your hormones and your thyroid.
20. Buy good salt.
Good salt can add dozens of minerals to your diet. One jar of Himalayan sea salt can last a year.
In addition, processed organic foods can be found in the organic food section of the supermarket but often are more expensive than their conventional food counterparts.
Processed organic foods can include canned products, frozen produce, prepared items and even snack foods.
Organic foods are more expensive to grow and are thus more expensive to purchase than regular foods.
The cost difference for organic foods is approximately ten to forty percent higher in average cost when compared to organic foods.
Every family has to make its own decision as to whether or not to go “organic” and buy only organically-grown foods.
More than anything else, go for the best for your health and for you.
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