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).
It is a safe choice to choose organic fruits or vegetables because they are most likely not to absorb the standard chemicals that are used grow fruits and vegetables more quickly, with more vibrant color, and an extended shelf life. To use the term organic on the label, a product has to be grown with out those pesticides with natural fertilizers and no growth hormones.
Peaches, nectarines, apples, bell peppers, celery, spinach, lettuce, beef, chicken, eggs, and milk are just a few of the products that are now available in organic form. If you can afford organic, try to change those products first. Check out localharvest.org for best buys.
Also, read between the lines when new controversial studies come out. Look at the criteria they use for measuring their results. Look to see who paid for the study and whether they benefit from any certain result from the study. Investigate and check with your doctor before you change your habits based on the media hype surrounding any new study results.
Following a clean eating diet that is filled with organic fruits and vegetables, instead of processed foods will leave you with more energy, potentially lower cholesterol, a more reasonable total body weight. Add to that healthy eating plan; lean protein, low-fat dairy (organic as well), whole grain carbohydrates, and water, and you will see results in a quicker fashion that diet pills and starvation diets could ever show you.
Add regular exercise of weight-training and cardio at least 4-5 times per week to this plan, as well as stress relieving yoga or meditation, and a reasonable amount of sleep, and you will find the results with your overall health that you thought would never be possible.