One of the biggest controversies that we noticed in 2012 was whether or not organic foods were healthier than traditionally grown foods. In a study, researchers at Stanford found that “there is little evidence of health benefits to eating organic food.” However, during our internal research, we came across an article and suggested that consumers should consider multiple factors when making their food decisions rather than solely focusing on which food item was organically grown.
The effects of nourishment and pesticide residue aren’t as well understood as those of nutritionists would like them to be. Since consumers can’t really tell how much nutrition they’re getting from their meals anyway, consumers should instead think about what kind of food they want to put into their bodies and why they want it there in the first place. Perhaps this is something for you to think about too?
Many people believe that organic foods are healthier and safer. Other people believe that organic foods are over-priced. In this blog, we will look at both sides of the argument and see if we can come to a conclusion.
So to control caterpillars you can go out at night with a flashlight and handpick caterpillars off of your fruit or you can spray them (or the foliage) with some form of chemical so they don’t affect your tomatoes. Although spraying may not influence the taste or nutritional value of the fruit it does have an effect on how much pesticide is in the fruit and the amount that you ingest from eating it.
Don’t worry, getting the recommended 2-5 serves of fruit and/or vegetables will not leave you stone dead! However, if you are following this guide it’s really important to be mindful of what kinds of food you’re loading up on.
Consuming things like alcohol, coffee or anything with caffeine is not going to get your body in sync. Stick with items that are lower on the glycemic index for energy. This way your mind will remain clear while avoiding huge energy drops. If you know you need more vitality hit the vitamin C by eating more citrus fruits or supplementing them daily. And remember – if something is highly processed in anyway, skip it completely even if it belongs in a traditional vegetable group like tomatoes for example!
Each year Environmental Working Group of America creates a list of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15, which are compiled from tests done on food to determine their level of pesticide residue. It’s important for Australians who do buy imported fruits and vegetables to be very mindful of this so they can have an understanding of which produce items have greater amount of pesticides.”
It’s important to remember to wash all fruits and vegetables before eating them, regardless of whether or not they have a thicker skin. Food grown conventionally will likely still have residual chemicals on the surface, so please be sure to scrub away any dirt prior to handling.
The same goes for food grown organically because you never know what could potentially stick to the surface! What about products that don’t come in either organic or conventional varieties? – We recommend washing your produce before eating it regardless of its category because, quite simply, you’ll get more bang for your buck that way!
All vegetables and fruits should be organic, including green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, silver beet, Swiss chard, Asian greens, celery, cucumbers, pears, button squash, apples etc.
Important things to remember about organic
When you can, always buy local. You can actually interact with the person who grew your food and ask them questions about how they harvested it. Also, try growing some of your own food! There’s nothing better than eating something you’ve grown yourself because it gives you an immense sense of accomplishment. It also reduces toxins in your body (even if there aren’t any scientific benefits to organic foods).