- May 11, 2016
- Posted by: Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
- Category: Prevention & Healing
When it comes to all foods, organic is best. Organic foods are devoid of pesticides, herbicides, food additives, antibiotics, and growth hormones.
Organic fruits and vegetables are grown in mineral rich soils.
When we eat non-organic foods, we are exposed to foreign substances that our bodies must use energy to process. This takes energy from elsewhere in our bodies.
Choosing organic food whenever possible is best. At the very least, avoid the dirty dozen. These fruits and vegetables have the highest concentration of pesticides. By avoiding these foods, you can reduce your families pesticide exposure by as much as 80%.
However, the truth is that eating completely organic can be more expensive than a non-organic menu. This is what leads many people to avoid buying organic and opt for non-organic foods that aren’t as good for our health, or the environment.
The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) 2016 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce is a great resource for guidelines on which produce is the most important to buy organic. Download the guide HERE and keep it on you tablet or smartphone so that you can have it with you when you go shopping.
The Clean 15 have the lowest exposures to pesticides and The Dirty Dozen highlights the foods that will yield the most pesticide residues.
You might notice that the fruits and vegetables that do not have a thick skin tend to be part of The Dirty Dozen list. Thick skinned produce tends to absorb less pesticide.
A word of caution, if you are buying non-organic and you enjoy Spa Water (water with slices of lemon, orange and similar) then it is especially important to buy these organic as they are are sitting in your water all day allowing any chemicals to leach into your “healthy drink.”
There are also some tips to keep in mind when buying animal products (but there will be no morality lectures on whether or not people should eat these).
What I will share with you is that we, as a society, tend to eat too much protein and much of this comes from animal protein. As well, many health problems can be traced back to milk allergies and sensitivities.
I suggest that you do your best to eat organic meats.
The United States Department of Agriculture states that to reach organic standards, meat must be free from antibiotics, growth hormones, bio-engineering, and ionizing radiation.
According to Princeton University, organic, grass-fed beef tends to have less total fat and higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids than conventional beef, making it a better choice for heart health over conventional beef fed a grain-based diet.
In addition, organic farming bans the use of purported cancer-promoting growth hormones and antibiotics in animals, leading to fewer health risks in humans and minimizing the evolution of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.
If you cannot do organic than another option would be meat that is hormone and antibiotic free.
Do your best to eat well and to avoid pesticides but most of all enjoy your food!