Clean eating is not just a matter of picking up organic tomatoes at your local grocery store, it’s really a lifestyle choice. Your choosing to eat foods free of man made chemical, you are choosing to support biodiversity and ultimately you are choosing to live a longer healthier life. Here are a couple of reasons why you should consider switching to organically grown foods
1. Pesticides, Herbicides and Other Crap
This whole article could be on pesticides alone but I will just touch on it briefly,currently the EPA in the US considers 60% of all herbicides, 90% of all fungicides and 30% of all insecticides to be potentially cancer-causing and many of these pesticides were registered long before extensive research was done linking them to cancer. Also a commonly used class of pesticides are organophosphates…guess what that is. Neurotoxins, yeah yuck! These were originally developed for the first World War and when the war ended and they weren’t needed anymore they were put to use in farming. Gross right?
What is irradiation you ask…good question. Irradiation is the process exposing food products to high doses of radiation in order to kill any insects or pests that may infest them. Irradiation reduces levels of salmonella, e-coli and listeria, and delays ripening and rotting so that foods can be completely sterilized and kept for longer periods. Now keeping food fresh for a longer period of time sounds like a good idea..well except for the whole radiation part!
BUT…irradiation damages foods by breaking up molecules and releasing tiny pieces of them, known as free radicals. These substances damage vitamins and enzymes, and also combine with existing chemicals like pesticides to form ‘t new free radicals, some of which may be toxic. The long-term effects of these toxins have not as yet been studied. Also, irradiation destroys 5 to 80% of the health benefits of many vitamins and weakens or destroys the digestive enzymes in many foods. So um…yeah I will say no to irradiation thank you very much!
3. Hormones, Antibiotics and Drugs Oh My!
Eating organic isn’t just about the fruits and veggies you eat, don’t forget the meat you eat as well. Factory farms are first and foremost a business, yes their business is food but they are designed to turn a profit so the faster an animal produces milk or gets to your table the more profitable it is. Roughly two-thirds of all beef cattle in the US are given growth hormones, and approximately 22 percent of dairy cows are given hormones to increase milk production.
Now about the hormones, the hormones can cause a condition in dairy cows called mastitis an infection of the udders. This in turn causes the secretion of blood and pus into the milk. People wonder why I won’t eat dairy! To combat mastitis the cattle are treated with antibiotics and given them regularly as a preventative measure. Now excessive antibiotics are a concern because they cause the spread of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.
Lots of countries were smart enough to ban this stuff like the European Union and Canada, they have also banned the importation of beef treated with bovine growth hormone. Unfortunately the practice is still happening throughout the US.
4. Do it for the Kids
In study after study, research from independent organizations consistently shows organic food is higher in nutrients than traditionally grown foods. Research shows that organic produce is higher in vitamin C, antioxidants, and the minerals calcium, iron, chromium, and magnesium. All the things you need for a healthy growing body.
Children’s growing brains and bodies are far more susceptible to toxins than adults. Choosing organic helps feed their bodies without the exposure to pesticides and genetically-modified organisms, both of which have a relatively short history of use and not a lot of testing to prove the safety of GMOs.
5. It Just Tastes Better
Ever gone to the grocery store and bought that plastic container of strawberries, you know the ones I mean they are the size of a baby’s fist. They are ok, but then during July you find locally grown strawberries that are the size of a raisin but when you eat them the flavor just explodes in your mouth. That to me personifies the difference between commercially grown and natural organic fruit and veggies.