Why I choose organic!
Updated: Aug 1, 2019
Organic produce is the safest and healthiest alternative to eat clean and ensure that your body is receiving the best food.
Have you ever stopped to think about the importance that food has and its effects on our bodies? Have you ever realised that what you actually eat becomes a part of you? Food is a lot more than calories, protein, carbohydrates and fats, food is a lot more than just giving you energy for that gym session or whatever activity you are performing, our bodies are made up of about 50 trillion cells, these cells have to be nourished adequately in order to be able to communicate with each other and perform from very basic to very complex processes.
To simplify, when communication happens effectively, and our bodies have all nutrients it needs to “fix up things” inside us, optimal health is achieved. However, when some of these nutrients are somehow missing for very long periods of time, we might start to encounter health problems.
It seems like it was a lot easier to eat healthy in the old days, and that is completely truth!
Most of the food that we have access today has been “changed” in a certain way, either foods have been genetically modified (GMO), or they are being grown with the use of harmful substances, such as pesticides, fertilisers, insecticides and in depleted and contaminated soils, which are minimising dramatically the amount of vitamins and minerals containing in our food.
Animal farming is another major concern. Animals are being grown confined, away from their natural environment for most of their life, eating genetically modified grains (something they would not chose as a food source if they had a choice), and being grown with the use of growth hormones and antibiotics, all these substances end up in our bodies, affecting the way our cells “talk” to each other and in many ways, leading to the degeneration of our health.
Organic food in the other hand has to go through a series of certification's requirements, from the time it is grown and harvested, until the time it gets packaged. Foods get tested for harmful substances, pesticides, fertilisers, antibiotics, and hormone use. Organic food also means your food has not being genetically modified, has been grown in non-contaminated soil and contains a higher amount of vitamins and nutrients. Organic food is not only better for your health but also for the soil, the water and the planet.
Glyphosate, one of the most commonly herbicides used in conventional farming, brings a major concern not only for our health, as it has been considered a potential carcinogen to humans, but also for the health of our soils and water supply.
I do understand that organic food can become expensive, specially when trying to feed a whole family.
The tips below can certainly help you saving some money while buying good quality food.
o Grow it yourself – plenty of vegetable, herbs and even fruits are pretty easy to grow, do not require a lot of space nor time spend taking care of it.
o Check your local farmers markets – most supermarkets and retail stores have extremely expensive prices on their organic produce, support your farmers by buying local, you will not only pay cheaper but also have access to local produce that have not travelled miles to get to you.
o Chose organic when possible, if not, try to remove some of the pesticides to minimise exposure using three parts of water to one part vinegar, wash your fruit and vegetables, rinse, dry and store away for use.
o The Clean 15 and The Dirty Dozen – these are foods are tested annually by the EWG and ranked for low or high pesticide residue; this is a good way to prioritise when buying organic.
“THE CLEAN 15”
8. Sweet corn
“THE DIRTY DOZEN”
*It is important to keep in mind that these fruits and vegetables are tested in the United States; however, the information can definitely be used as a general rule in Australia.
When choosing animal products, opt for free range, organic and grass fed whenever possible, otherwise, grass fed and ethically raised.