Not only are organic options becoming more available, but consumers are also opting for organic foods now more than ever. If you aren’t already dishing out the few extra cents to buy organic, you might want to rethink your budget and here is why. Typical foods found in the grocery store contain genetically modified organisms, toxins from pesticides, and a lengthy list of antibiotics and hormones used in the meat industry. Organic foods, on the other hand, are free of these harmful chemicals and toxins.
When you choose to eat organic, you are choosing to promote better overall health by consuming foods that are often more intense in flavor with a higher amount of vitamins and minerals. Eating organic foods has been linked to boosted immune systems, better sleep, the loss of excess weight, and improved blood work. And this is just to name a few.
While the cost of organic foods may be a hurdle, avoiding the long-term affects and illnesses associated with non-organic foods is well worth the extra change. When you consume non-organic foods that have been treated with pesticides, you are putting you and your family at risk of neurotoxicity,
disruption of the endocrine system, carcinogenicity, and a suppressed immune system. And these are just to name a few. Pesticides can also negatively affect the male reproduction system and have been linked to miscarriages in women.
If the negative impact on your health isn’t enough to persuade you to make the switch to organic foods, maybe some statistics will. Recent studies have shown that conventional produce only has 83 percent of the nutrients organic produce has. These studies have also revealed significantly higher levels of iron, magnesium, phosphate, and vitamin C and significantly lesser levels of toxins.
Organic and free-range foods were once only found at farmer markets and in specialty stores, but these healthy alternatives are now available in abundance, so there are no excuses for not making the switch. Not only will your health benefit, but your support of the organic foods industry will also help an industry committed to protecting the environment continue to thrive. In the organic foods industry, they are dedicated to avoiding the use of harmful pesticides and chemicals that can result in the loss of topsoil and toxic runoff. When toxic runoff occurs, water pollution soon follows and causes soil contamination and the death of insects, birds, small critters, and organisms beneficial to the soil. I think we can both agree that choosing organic foods is better for ourselves and the planet we live on.
About Acupuncturist Dr. Stefanie M. Bennett, LAc, Ph.D. – Holds both a master and one of the few in the area with a doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, plus two diplomats. She has completed additional training in functional medicine, fertility, herbal medicine, and applied clinical nutrition. She has been practicing in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach for over 13 years. Dr. Bennett also serves many people from Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Newport Coast, Tustin and Orange County. She can be reac
hed at 714-962-5031 and new patients are welcome.
Many of us are trying to take steps to care for our health, but the price of organic vegetables and fruits can be so high that many people can’t afford to go completely organic all the time.
Wise way to buy organic foods. enter the Environmental Working Group’s latest update to the annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. This simple list breaks down the “Dirty Dozen” — the 12 fruits and vegetables found to contain the most pesticide residue. If you are trying to avoid pesticides, it may be worth it to shell out the extra cash to buy these items organic.
If, on the other hand, a product made the “Clean Fifteen” list, it has been found to contain the least amount of chemical residue, and buying these items organic may not be as critical.
Here are some key findings of the 2015 review (the full list is below):
Consumer demand for organically produced food is increasing dramatically. USDA economists reported that organic produce sales spiked from $5.4 billion in 2005 to an estimated $15 billion last year. Still, EWG found that consumers are often ingesting pesticides with their conventionally-grown produce.
Nearly two-thirds of the 3,015 produce samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2013 contained pesticide residues, the EWG reports.
The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce ranks pesticide contamination on 48 popular fruits and vegetables based on an analysis of more than 34,000 samples taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. The produce is washed and peeled to mimic what a consumer would do before it’s tested.
Once EWG compiles the data, analysts classify fruits and veggies into two lists that reflect the overall pesticide loads of the most common fruits and vegetables.
The following “Dirty Dozen Plus” had the highest pesticide load, making them the most important to buy organic versions – or to grow them organically yourself:
About Dr. Bennett – Holds both a masters and doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, plus two diplomats. She has completed additional training in functional medicine, herbal medicine, and applied clinical nutrition. She has been practicing in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach for over 13 years. She can be reached at 714-962-5031 and new patients are welcome.