Sunday, June 19, 2011

Organic Fruits and Veggies? YES!

I love the summer months because now is the time for fresh fruits and veggies!  I am asked all the time if you should buy organic or non organic produce.
Sometimes, yes, buy organic, but see below for the details!  You might be surprised!

So, why organic? 

#1. NO pesticides
#2. NOT genetically modified
#3. Healthier (more nutrition)
#4. Better for the environment

What's the big deal about pesticides?

Pesticides were originally designed as nerve gasses for chemical warfare. They were designed to kill living things!  When it was discovered that they worked so well in killing people they decided to use them in smaller doses to kill weeds, insects etc.
They are a powerful neurotoxin, carcinogen and endocrine disruptor.
Pesticides HARM our body. The list is too long to list here!  Please avoid them!

GMO's:

"GMOs, also known as genetically modified organisms, are created by injecting the DNA from one species into another species, creating genetic combinations that cannot occur in nature or through typical crossbreeding methods. For example, genes from an arctic flounder (which has natural "antifreezing" properties that protect it from the frigid waters) may be injected into tomato DNA to make a new breed that is more resistant to frost damage. It sounds like a sci-fi movie, but it’s reality. And, according to the FDA, over 75 percent of processed food in the United States may contain GMOs. Foods with genetically modified ingredients don’t have to be labeled, though, so you’re probably eating them every day without even knowing it.


Is organic healthier?

"Growing crops in healthy soils results in food products that offer healthy nutrients. There is mounting evidence that organically grown fruits, vegetables and grains may offer more of some nutrients, including vitamin C, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, and less exposure to nitrates and pesticide residues than their counterparts grown using synthetic pesticides and fertilizers."
http://www.ota.com/organic/benefits/nutrition.html

I LOVE Environmental Working Group and all the work they do!
Check them out:

http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/?utm_source=2011foodnewstesta&utm_medium=email&utm_content=second-link&utm_campaign=food

Here they give you a comprehensive list of the foods you must buy organic and a list of foods you do not have to buy organic.

Here is my list of MUST BUY ORGANIC:

#1 APPLES! A MUST
2.  Nectarines
3. Celery
4. Pears
5. Peaches
6. Cherries
7. Strawberries
8. Grapes
9. Spinach
10. Potatoes
11. Bell Peppers
12. Raspberries
13. Blueberries
14.  Lettuce
15. Kale
16. Cilantro

It's okay if these are NON Organic:
1. Onion
2. Avocado
3. Pineapple
4. Mango
5. Asparagus
6.  Sweet Peas
7. Kiwi
8. Cabbage
9. Egg Plant
10. Papaya
11. Watermelon
12. Broccoli
13. Sweet Potato
14. Sweet Corn
15. Cantaloupe
16. Grapefruit
17. Mushrooms

Print this list OR visit Environmental Working Group's site for more information:
ewg.org


This list is ever changing. For instance, just recently I noticed the NON organic Cilantro was tasting, well, like it had a ton of chemicals on it.  EWG published a report on their recent discovery of a TON of pesticides and chemicals on Cilantro! So interesting! :) My tongue knew!

The good thing is, once the chemicals are out of your system, you too will be able to taste them on the fruit or veggie! Its amazing!  I was at a party and I decided to have a blueberry and almost gagged at the taste of chemicals!

Please forward this on to anyone who is ready to get healthy! :)

Have a happy and healthy week!
xo
Jeni Clark~

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