Have you ever heard of the Dirty Dozen or Clean Fifteen? If not, take 3 minutes to read this because it could be crucial to your health. We know the whole “organic” thing is taking over but what does organic really mean? Does it mean it’s healthy and is allowed into your diet? Not quite. The definition of organic food in the United States is:
‘The product of a farming system which avoids the use of man-made fertilizers, pesticides; growth regulators and livestock feed additives. Irradiation and the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or products produced from or by GMOs are generally prohibited by organic legislation.
*Taken from DEFRA
So just because something is labeled as “organic” or is sold in the classic brown, wholesome, natural looking bag does not mean it is healthy, it is just lacking dangerous chemicals that cause hundreds of illnesses, DNA mutation, and even birth defects. Makes you wonder what we’re eating on our non-organic products doesn’t it!?! That is just my quick disclaimer that many people get caught up in when trying to switch to a healthier lifestyle.
Last year, the Environmental Working Group released their annual reports that found almost 70% of the 48 different non-organic foods they tested were positive for at least one pesticide. And in many of the cases it was a lot more than one. A strawberry that was tested had over 20 different pesticides found on it. 20!!!! This is why eating organic is such a big deal.
Here’s the thing though, when you compare prices of non-organic produce to organic, you notice a HUGE difference. This is why we always get asked “Do I need to eat everything organic?” and the answer is “Yes, but not really”.
Pretty helpful, right?? No fear though because we have some helpful tips. Of course, you should eat organic as much as possible but if you’re on a budget, here are some lists to make the most of it.
I hope this was able to provide some kind of guideline for you to follow when purchasing produce. It is scary to think about all that we don’t know about our food so whenever I can share some tips I’m all about it. Make those shopping lists now and highlight or mark the organic necessities to make the best decisions for your health.
If you are interested in learning more about food and how to make healthier decisions for a lifestyle change, call today to make an appointment with us here at Back to Health of Anthem. 623.551.6677. We will spend time determining your specific nutritional needs and create a personalized plan that works best for you schedule and goals. We are not promised tomorrow so don’t put your health off for another day!
Dr. Brian Hester, originally from Alabama, graduated from Life University in 1999 with his Doctorate of Chiropractic. He moved to Anthem, Arizona in 2003 and opened his wellness center. Dr. Hester's mission is to provide people in the North Phoenix area, with the tools they need to identify stressors in their life and the underlying causes of their health challenges. With Dr. Hester as a health partner, patients can make positive lifestyle changes and take control of their lives...... see more
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