When should you opt for organic food?

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Do you ever wonder if you should be eating more organic food than you are?  Studies are showing that there is an increase in the demand of organic food as more information is available to customers about the production and quality of the food we are buying. Here are some basic facts you need to know before deciding which food to buy and to eat:

Fruits & vegetables.  Studies show that organic & non-organic fruits & vegetables provide the same amount of vitamins & minerals.  The big difference is that organic fruits & vegetable don’t have pesticides so you don’t eat them.  But let’s not rush into thinking that you must buy everything organic.  Below is the list from EWG of the dirty dozen which you must definitely buy organic as these are the ones that contain the most pesticides.  The clean fifteen can be purchased as non-organic.  Also as a rule of thumb, if your food has a thick skin that you will not be eating, non-organic is ok.

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Dairy & meat.  As you have probably read in the press, animals are constantly injected hormones, antibiotics and fed unhealthy food.  Here I strongly suggest going organic as your body doesn’t need to process all the junk that is fed to the animals.  Your body will also become les resistant to bacteria if you are constantly eating the antibiotics from your dairy & meats.

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Genetically Modified Organism (GMO).  You are hearing more and more about these and they are tricky because they are present in all processed food that is not organic and you don’t even know it as it is not labeled on the food you are buying.  The most common genetically modified foods are corn & soy.  I strongly suggest that if you are a vegetarian that you only eat organic soy product as all conventional soy is genetically modified.  The same if you eat a lot of processed food (all food you are not making yourself) as these will very likely have genetically modified ingredients.  Even though there are not enough studies to evaluate the risks of eating GMO’s, why should you be a guinea pig?

According to the non-GMO shopping guide, the following are ingredients that may be made from GMO’s when not organic.  I strongly suggest you start reading the labels of the food you purchase.

  • aspartame (also called AminoSweet®, NutraSweet®, Equal Spoonful®, Canderel®,  BeneVia®, E951)
  • baking powder
  • canola oil (rapeseed oil)
  • caramel color
  • cellulose
  • citric acid
  • cobalamin (Vitamin B12)
  • colorose
  • condensed milk
  • confectioners sugar
  • corn flour
  • corn masa
  • corn meal
  • corn oil
  • corn sugar
  • corn syrup
  • cornstarch
  • cottonseed oil
  • cyclodextrin
  • cystein
  • dextrin
  • dextrose
  • diacetyl
  • diglyceride
  • erythritol
  • Equal
  • food starch
  • fructose (any form)
  • glucose
  • glutamate
  • glutamic acid
  • glycerides
  • glycerin
  • glycerol
  • glycerol monooleate
  • glycine
  • hemicellulose
  • high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
  • hydrogenated starch
  • hydrolyzed vegetable protein
  • inositol
  • inverse syrup
  • inversol
  • invert sugar
  • isoflavones
  • lactic acid
  • lecithin
  • leucine
  • lysine
  • malitol
  • malt
  • malt syrup
  • malt extract
  • maltodextrin
  • maltose
  • mannitol
  • methylcellulose
  • milk powder
  • milo starch
  • modified food starch
  • modified starch
  • mono and diglycerides
  • monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • Nutrasweet
  • oleic acid
  • Phenylalanine
  • phytic acid
  • protein isolate
  • shoyu
  • sorbitol
  • soy flour
  • soy isolates
  • soy lecithin
  • soy milk
  • soy oil
  • soy protein
  • soy protein isolate
  • soy sauce
  • starch
  • stearic acid
  • sugar (unless specified as cane sugar)
  • tamari
  • tempeh
  • teriyaki marinades
  • textured vegetable protein
  • threonine
  • tocopherols (vitamin E)
  • tofu
  • trehalose
  • triglyceride
  • vegetable fat
  • vegetable oil
  • vitamin B12
  • vitamin E
  • whey
  • whey powder
  • xanthan gum

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Cheers to good health everyone! Knowledge is priceless.

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