Monday, August 23, 2010
Lately I've been doing a lot of research on organic foods and I'm switching to organic. Do you really know what goes into your food? Discover the advantages of organic food and exactly what producers have been adding to your fruit and vegetables to make it less healthy than a few years ago. Do a little research yourself and you'll be surprised. In the rush to produce more and more crops to satisfy growing demand producers have had to resort to using a lethal cocktail of pesticides to control disease and insect attack.
Good news for their bank balances perhaps but not good news for your health, this is why you need to be informed of the advantages of organic food.
Did you know that if you consumed an average apple you would be eating over 30 pesticides, even after you have washed it?
The quality of food has definitely gone down since the second world war. For instance, the levels of vitamin C in today's fruit bear no resemblance to the levels found in wartime fruit. Organic food is known to contain 50% more nutrients, minerals and vitamins than produce that has been intensively farmed. You will have to eat more fruit nowadays to make up the deficiency, but unfortunately that means eating more chemicals, more detrimental affects on your health eating something that should be good for you!
Also don't forget about the cocktail of anti-biotics and hormones that cattle and poultry are force fed.
What happens to those chemicals when the animal dies?
Digested and stored in human bodies is the answer, have you seen pictures of animals in severly cramped conditions in battery farms? It just does not make sense to state that any animal kept in these conditions is healthy and produces high quality food.
Trust me, once you try some organic produce and taste an apple the way it should be, and perhaps how you recall it tasting in your youth, you will never go back to mass produced fruit again.
Sure there are issues with availability and cost but with a bit of research you should be able to find local stores who stock organic produce.
Also, don't forget about your local farmer, I'm sure you will be able to find one that has seen the light and opened up a farm shop to supply local residents. You should be able to get some very keen prices from these shops, why not take a look around and see who is offering produce in your area?
Some more startling facts now. Pesticides in food have been linked to many diseases including:
Some birth defects
Not a nice list is it? There are probably others but if you think about it, how can it be okay for you to eat chemicals and not expect some form of reaction in your body. Our bodies are delicately balanced wonderful machines. Any form of foreign chemical is bound to cause irritation at the least. That is why I'm switching my family over to organic. You'll be glad you did too.