The Importance of Real Food – Organically Farmed Foods
First and foremost, eating real food is a foundational basic for optimizing your health—and your physical performance. If it’s beneficial for the “regular Joe,” you can be sure it’s going to be beneficial for athletes as well.
Choosing organic, whole (meaning unprocessed) foods, grown without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers or genetically engineered organisms (GMO) is key, as avoiding toxins is just as important as getting a wide variety of nutrients.
While conventionally-grown and organic crops often contain about the same amount of nutrients, one key nutritional difference between them is their antioxidant content.
Research has shown organic fruits and vegetables can contain anywhere from 18-69 percent more antioxidants than conventionally-grown varieties. Many of these antioxidants have been linked to a reduced risk of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and neurodegenerative diseases and certain cancers.
Organic Foods are Nutrient Dense
Unfortunately, the nutrient content of foods has dramatically declined across the board since the introduction of mechanized farming in 1925. As a general rule, it’s the health of the soil that to a large degree dictates the quality of the food, 2,3 with healthy microbe-rich soil producing higher levels of nutrients in the crop.
Mechanical, chemical-based farming destroys the soil, thereby making it more challenging to grow healthy nutritious foods. Processing has further worsened the nutritional value of the standard American diet (SAD).
The sad fact is, most of the food consumed by Americans today is not real food—it’s genetically engineered (GE), saturated with pesticides and added chemicals, and processed in a number of different ways. Many are so used to pre-packaged foods, they struggle to understand what real food is.
How to Identify Real Organic Food
If you fall into this category, here’s a quick summary of real food versus the processed “food products” that most people eat:
Naturally and organically grown fruits and vegetables don’t look isame. Their colour, shape, structure will never be the same. If all the produce look identical, it could mean that the products have been chemically altered eg bleached the same colour.
If the produce looks bigger in size than usually found on supermarket shelves, it could usually mean that the plants had been articificially altered with growth chemicals.
If your grains, veggies and fruits have signs of worms or insect activity, it means that they have been grown naturally. If the leaves look perfect with no holes, it means that the plants is sprayed with high doses of pesticides. No amount of washing can completely remove the chemicals on these foods. If you do buy them, give them a thorough washing followed by a final rinse of salt water for two-three minutes. This helps remove germs and residue.
Today, many vegetables and fruits are harvested when they are still not matured. These plant foods are then spraying of acetylene gas to accelerate the ripening process. These products will not be as tasty as naturally ripened foods.
Organic feels healthier, is far lighter on the digestive system and also helps reduce acidity and gas related GI issues.
The Smell Test
Naturally grown produce have a nicer aroma and texture due to the naturally ripening process. Unfortunately, some companies will try to fool us by spraying artificial scents to create the original fragrance. You end up with the product that is not only nutritionless but also worthless.
Organically grown food always cooks much faster. Food with pesticides needs to be cooked for much longer periods.
Read the label and check for any preservatives present in the product; most preservatives are petroleum based and have ingredients that don’t have natural names.
4 digit PLU — price look up code — the sticker basically means grown with pesticides;
5 digit PLU codes
- starting with 8 means GM grown,
- 5 digit codes starting with 9 means organically grown.
It is a myth that organic fruits and vegetables spoil faster; stored in a refrigerator they last for a long time.
Why Eating Organic should be your Priority – GMOs
GMOs (or “genetically modified organisms”) are organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, or GE. This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional cross-breeding methods.
For consumers, it can be difficult to stay up-to-date on food ingredients that are at-risk of being genetically modified, as the list of at-risk agricultural ingredients is frequently changing. The Non-GMO Project website provides information about developments in the GE industry which can impact on your health.
Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with genetically modified (GM) food (AAEM 2009),” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. The AAEM has asked physicians to advise all patients to avoid GM foods.
6 Potential Health Risks of Eating GMO Foods
- Allergic Reactions
- Antibiotic Resistance
- Loss of Nutrition
You can get comprehensive information of risks of consuming GMO / GE Foods by checking the Institute of Responsible Technology website.
Seeds Of Death GMO’s EXPOSED – Full Documentary (1 hr 19 mins video)
Are Organic Foods Expensive? Consider the Real Costs
Why are Organic Foods Expensive?
- No chemicals = more labor
- Demand overwhelms supply
- Higher cost of fertilizer for organic crops
- Crop rotation
- Post-harvest handling cost
- Organic certification
- Cost of covering higher loss
- Better living conditions for livestock
- Organic food grows more slowly
- Less Government Subsidies
Will the cost of organic food ever drop?
A Mint.com article stated that the price premium for organic food should decrease with the development of “more accurate pricing schemes, increased demand and improved production efficiencies. But still, chances are a premium will remain due to the costs built into the organic industry.”
What will your choice be? Organic or non-organic?
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