3 Reasons Why Choosing Organic Produce is Important

Perplexed, standing in the produce aisle which do you choose, conventional or organic? Which is better? Is there really a difference? Yes.

The health benefits of organic foods are innumerable. Besides carrying a lower pesticide load, produce that is grown organically tend to be far more nutrient dense. It’s all those nutrients that keep our bodies disease free and feeling awesome.  Buying organic can be a bit more expensive, but the offset of not spending money and time at the doctor’s office or taking expensive prescriptions equals everything out.

Chemicals, Chemicals, Chemicals

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes a list every year of the produce with the most pesticides on it. Look for the Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen. What is most important to know about these lists and conventionally grown produce in general is that we aren’t referring to one pesticide being used excessively on a fruit or vegetable. Conventionally grown produce can have up to 50-60 DIFFERENT chemicals applied to them. I’m pretty sure that no one is checking to see how all those chemicals react together or in us.  And the last time I checked there haven’t been any studies on what an appropriate toxicity exposure level is/should be for our kids whose systems aren’t fully developed and are far more sensitive. The bottom line is that most of the chemicals used are known neurotoxins.  Neurotoxins cause our central nervous system to malfunction and there are many studies linking them to Fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, depression and many other diseases.

Washing Isn’t Enough

Washing or peeling produce does slightly help lower chemical ingestion. However, fruit like strawberries, which don’t have a peel-able skin and are sprayed with a chemical that is related to Agent Orange, the chemicals permeate the flesh. In addition, the ground of conventionally grown produce is also sprayed, absorbed into the soil, and then absorbed by the roots of the plants. That is why choosing organic root vegetables (carrots, sweet potatoes etc.) are important too even though the part you eat isn’t directly sprayed.

Healthy Soil = Healthy Humans 

Overall the produce we eat contains less of the nutrients we need to stay healthy. The Organic Consumers Association has sited many studies that show levels of calcium, iron and vitamins A and C are 20 – 30% lower than in the 1970’s. The key to improving nutrient levels is building healthier soil. Organic farming does this. Without getting into all the nitty gritty details, organic farming restores and replenishes the microbes that make up a healthy soil.

What is most important? Start by making small changes. Consider which fruits and vegetables you eat most often.  Ready take the leap? Contact me about scheduling a grocery store tour.  I can help with determining what the most important organic foods to buy are, how to fit it into your budget and show how switching brands can improve your health. Eating healthy is easier and tastes better than you might think.

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