Monday, July 1, 2013

say no to gmo and say hello to organic

while in a discussion with a close friend about the benefits of eating clean and living lean, she told me that her brothers are of the opinion that there is no benefit to eating organic foods over "normal" foods.  though her brothers are educated, and one is going to be a doctor, i wanted to wash their mouths out with soap for saying such a horrible fib.  the benefits are obvious to those of us who have converted to clean eating and they would be to you, too, if you converted.  here are six reasons why i preach and live clean eating and why i would hope you would at least consider it:

1.  organic food delivers more nutrition.  studies have repeatedly found increased levels of some nutrients in various organic foods.  "that means more nutritional quality per calorie and food serving," explains dr. charles benbrook, chief scientist at the organic center for education and promotion in greenfield, massachusetts.  findings from the university at davis (ucd) suggest that organic foods have much higher antioxidant levels--for example, organic strawberries, marionberries, and corn had significantly more flavonoids (19, 50, and 58.5 percent respectively) than conventionally grown varieties, as well as higher levels of vitamin c.  meanwhile, a usda study comparing lycopene content in 13 brands of ketchup found organic brands generally packed 57% more than national brands and 55% more than store brands.  "by buying and consuming organic foods fairly consistency, consumers can easily double their daily intake of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants," says benbrook.

2. eating organic dramatically reduces pesticide exposure. if you’re consuming the usda recommended “five-a-day” servings of fruit and vegetables, you’re probably taking in six or more helpings of pesticide residue daily, says benbrook. various pesticides have been linked with adverse effects on fertility and fetal development and with increased cancer risk. according to benbrook, more than 90% of conventionally grown produce contains pesticide residue, compared with 20% of organically produced fruits and vegetables, and these have much lower concentrations. (pesticide residue on organic produce comes from soil that previously supported conventional farming and pesticide drift from neighboring farms.)

3. eating organic can decrease your intake of food additives such as msg (monosodium glutamate), artificial sweeteners and food coloring agents. various additives and dyes have been linked to food allergies, hyperactivity, neurological disease and cancer.

4. you won’t find any growth hormones or antibiotics in meat or dairy. growth hormones, which are injected in cows to increase lean muscle mass and milk production, have been linked to early puberty development and a higher risk of cancer.

5. organic food doesn’t contain genetically modified organisms (gmos). the jury is still out on the health effects of eating transgenetic food, such as wheat that’s had a fish gene spliced into it. you can steer clear of “frankenfoods” by choosing organic and avoid playing the guess-what-you’re-really-eating game altogether.

6. organic food tastes better, fresher longer. “organic produce tends to taste better, most likely because of higher antioxidant levels, which help it store longer too,” says alyson mitchell, phd, the nutritional scientist at ucd who led the antioxidant studies. also, many organic farmers are small, local food producers, so food can get to market much more quickly—sometimes even the same day it was picked. and because it tastes better and fresher, benbrook believes it can encourage people to reach the daily recommendation of five to 10 servings more easily.
list found ::here::

i'm throwing in my own #7 into the list.  organic is the way food is meant to be eaten.  it's the way it's meant to be grown.  before science came into play, organic was the way of life.  if you want your body to run at top performance, you have to provide it with the cleanest fuel out there!

besides the obvious stores in which you can shop that "feature" organic products, most common grocery stores are realizing that the market for, oh, how do you say it....good growing and have "healthy" aisles.  don't assume that just because the label says "organic" that it's good for you or exactly what you should be eating.  still use caution and your smarts when buying food and look over the nutritional information.

when it comes to produce, however, you need to look at the plu, located on the sticker.  use this handy resource tool to help you know which numbers to look for:

look for foods that are certified organic.  there are stricter regulations out there, now, but not everyone has to abide by them.  finding certified organic, however, ensures that you are getting top notch food.

eat clean.  live lean.  live better.  live longer.

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