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Is Eating Organic Food Actually Better for You?

A guest post by Lisa Bonet.

There are various reasons why you may choose organic produce, from protecting your health and the health of those who work in agriculture to preserving the environment. However, with organic food costing significantly more than standard produce, if you are most interested in its potential health benefits, you will want to know whether the extra cost is really worth it. It’s no surprise you may wonder this, as with conflicting reports on the nutritional value of organic crops, you want to make sure that your money is well spent, as on a tight budget organic produce is a luxury.

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Are Organic Fruits and Vegetables Better for You?

Nutrition reported in the fall that organic foods don’t contain more vitamins and minerals than conventional foods. These results are considered highly debatable (the study didn’t look at potential risks of the fertilizers, pesticides, hormones, or antibiotics found in conventional foods).

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Start Juicing in 3 Easy Steps

Here’s a guest blog about the amazing benefits of Juicing.  Frank does a wonderful job of not only telling how great juicing is for the body but he also provides you with some yummy recipes.

Hi everyone! My name is Frank, the creator of iblogJuicing.com.

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Great Ideas for Getting Your Daily Fruits and Veggies

It is a great way to increase nutrition in your daily clean eating food plan to incorporate seasonal vegetables into your diet. The days of abundant vegetables and farmer’s market colorful produce are within reach, but there are still beautiful, colorful vegetables available at this ‘quiet’ time . However, many people steer toward pre-packaged fruit/vegetable juices for convenience which often do have added sugars, preservatives and salt to extend their shelf life . EATING FRESH FRUITS/VEGETABLES AVOIDS THOSE UNWANTED ADDITIVES! Continue reading

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Are There Any Real Benefits In Buying Organic Produce?

The controversy continues over the nutritional and health supremacy of organic fruits and produce over conventionally grown.  

Every week a new ‘definition’ point of view is established.  

Paula Maier - OrganicThese are some facts to take into account.

It has been found that in about 60% of studies that organic food is higher in some nutrients than conventionally produced food.  

These statistics can be refuted by other studies, but you need to look if the studies that are being compared are done on the same physical area over-time.  Otherwise you are comparing apples to oranges because the soil being tested is not the same.

Polyphenols are antioxidants and may be one of the main reasons fruits and vegetables are healthy for us.  

One issue to consider is what the organic growing process filters versus conventional growing.  

Plants grown organically have to grow stronger from the start because they have to fend off a range of insects and growth disease on their own.  

This ‘defensive compound’ they create may help to keep us healthier according to Charles Benbrook, a researcher at Washington State University. He is with the National Academy of Sciences as chief science consultant for the Organic Center.  

He states. “If you keep putting on more and more nitrogen fertilizer the way conventional farms do, you drive yields up and produce bigger plants.  But, this dilutes the plants’ levels of vitamins, minerals and polyphenols.”

Shelf-life and sugar content

Apples, celery, pears, potatoes, strawberries, sweet bell peppers and sweet potatoes are higher in pesticides on the Dietary Risk Index (DRI), and lower on the Organic Risk Index (ORI).  This affects their shelf-life, and sugar content.  Also to be considered is if the plants are grown domestically (where they are subject to our mandates and regulations about growing procedures) or abroad.

Bottom Line?  Seek out the information in DRI from the EPA and other agencies, and imported vs. domestic statistics when you are making decisions about whether you want to buy organic or domestic fruits and vegetables.  

Make informed decisions with all of the facts.

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Great Ideas For Getting Your Daily Dose Of Fruits & Veggies

It is a great way to increase nutrition in your daily clean eating food plan to incorporate seasonal vegetables into your diet. The days of abundant vegetables and farmer’s market colorful produce are almost out of reach, but there are still beautiful, colorful vegetables available at this ‘quiet’ time.  It seems obvious, but many people steer toward pre-packaged fruit/vegetable juices for convenience which often do have added sugars, preservatives and salt to extend their shelf life. EATING FRESH FRUITS/VEGETABLES AVOIDS THOSE UNWANTED ADDITIVES! Continue reading

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Root Vegetables Rock!

The leaves are falling along with the temperatures. Our flavor profiles gravitate from the bounty of summer vegetables and light salads to something heartier. A great way to incorporate these full-bodied flavors is with root vegetables. Continue reading

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Are You Eating Foods In A Rainbow Of Colors?

Are you stuck in a rut of eating the same fruits and vegetables that you did when you were a child, and that’s it?  It’s time to ‘branch out’ for your long-term health foods.  Plus, there are flavors out there you are missing out on.

Yellow Foods

Yellow foods are high in antioxidants like vitamin C which improves the mucus membranes (like when we have colds), helps to absorb iron, prevents inflammation, improves circulation, and therefore prevents heart disease.

Blue, Purple & Indigo Foods

The blue, purple and indigo foods are great for their anti-aging properties. These foods have tons of antioxidants.  They also help improve circulation and prevent blood clots, so they are great and can help prevent heart disease. They are known to help memory function and urinary tract health and to reduce free radical damage.

Greenish/White Fruits and Veggies

Some white foods prevent cancer and heart disease, and lower cholesterol levels. Celery is often dubbed as a useless vegetable because it has no calories, but it does have minerals like good sodium that help keep the joints healthy. Mushrooms help prevent cancer and keep your body in balance.

Orange Foods

Orange Fruits and Vegetables are loaded with carotenoids! They are the powerful phytochemical in orange foods, and they are what give the foods their color. Carotenoids repair DNA and help prevent cancer and heart disease, as well as strengthening our vision. These orange foods also give us vitamin A, which keeps our eyes and skin healthy, and protects against infections. They are also known to boost the immune system.

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Including fruits and vegetables to anyone’s diet is an excellent first step to lowering overall daily calorie intake and increasing nutrients.  But making sure that a variety of colors are being eaten is the next step to increasing your overall nutrient benefits, and improving your defenses against a variety of health issues.

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The Best Reasons to Load Your Plate with Veggies

One basic way to help you reach our weight-loss goals is to add more vegetables to your daily food plan.  At this point, you may be rolling your eyes, but keep an open mind. Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants fill vegetables.  An added bonus of eating vegetables is their density and reduced calorie totals.  This means you can eat more food for less total calories. Continue reading

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Make Vegetables the Star of the Show

I grew up with my family creating a very successful hamburger, family-style restaurant chain, but I must confess, my love diet has gravitated more toward vegetables, and away from beef every year.

Vegetables deliver excellent nutritional possibilities at a reduced calorie count.  In the Weight Watchers system, vegetables are point-free.  Summer is the Olympics of the vegetable growing season.  The possibilities are boundless with a cornucopia of colors and possibilities. Continue reading

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