Recently a good friend and I got into a phase of watching different movie documentary’s on Friday nights. It’s nice and relaxing at the end of our long work week to sip a glass of wine, or in my friend’s case, a bourbon and diet coke, and learn about something that affects our lives. In the last year we have watched everything imaginable from food to religion. But for the sake of this article we will talk about the food we’re eating, or perhaps thought we were eating.
The awful truth, of course, is the more documentaries you watch, the more you become educated on what exactly is in and what’s not in the food we’re eating. russian grocery store It really wakes you up to the unfortunate truth of what a handful of top food producers have gotten away with when it comes to the health and well being of unknowing consumers.
Some of you may be very aware of what’s going on with our food, and others may not. I certainly have learned a lot in the last year and hope some of the below information will help to give some of you the ability to make better informed choices.
Organic Food – A Better Choice
Sales of organic fruits and vegetables have doubled in the past five years and for good reason. Some of the benefits are as follows:
Your body can fight disease, bacteria and viruses better when it is fed organic food.
Organic foods contain at least 50% more nutrients, vitamins, and minerals than non-organic foods.
Eating organically you will avoid growth hormones from entering your body that are in many foods we eat, like chicken.
Organic foods are lower in fat, and that helps to fight and prevent obesity.
Antibiotics found in non-organic foods are a direct cause of allergies.
Organic fruits and vegetables not only avoid pesticides, but taste better as well.
Organic foods safeguard against toxic metals like cadmium, lead and mercury.
Eating organic helps avoid estrogen dominance which, although more common in women can also affect men, causing such problems as infertility, erectile dysfunction, enlarged prostate, and certain types of cancer.
If you’re willing to do some creative shopping and cooking, you can enjoy the freshness and goodness of organic foods without breaking your food budget. These days there are lots of places to buy organic foods. Besides the supermarkets, you can find them in health food stores, specialty stores, co-ops, gourmet delis, farmers markets, community supported agriculture programs, convenience stores, and even vending machines. A few tips that can help are:
Join a co-op which is a member-owned business that is organic.