Most everyone would agree that eating organic fresh food is healthier than the chemically enhanced versions. The issue usually boils down to cost. Organic is pricier and when money is tight, choosing less food over more is a tough sell. While washing your fruits and vegetables is a given, it does not get rid of the majority of the pesticides.
The body works hard to keep itself healthy; when you eat pesticide laden foods those toxins have to be eliminated. Having to get rid of those poisons stresses the body, and stress promotes aging. Choosing organic is a decision that has to be made to stay healthy and thrive. It’s an investment in your well being and a statement about what you think you are worth.
Some fruits and vegetables, with the thicker skins, are more protected from the chemicals and can be bought non organic. Such as grapefruit, bananas, onions, sweet corn, avocados, pineapple, mangos and kiwi.
Others should only be eaten if organic, so if you can only choose organic for part of your shopping list, include these foods;
- Peaches: non organic peaches are extremely hazardous to your health. According to Consumer Reports, a single serving of peaches “consistently exceeded” EPA’s safe daily limit for a child. These bad boys also contain carcinogen iprodione, methyl parathion, an endocrine disruptor and organophosphate insecticide.
Methyl parathion kills bees and birds. Organic peaches have life enhancing vitamins A and C and potassium
- All Leafy Greens: Your leafies need to be pesticide free, dimethoate and DDT have been found on non organic leafy greens. Organic greens on the other hand have the highest concentration of nutrients once per once of any food. A rich source of minerals like, iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Plus the vitamins K, C, E, and many of the B vitamins.
- Green Beans: In their natural form have cholesterol lowering properties because of their high fiber, plus they carry a variety of photonutrients which protect cells from damage and our eyes from age related effects. Non organic green beans contain the same nasties as the greens plus asephate, a chemical known to throw off the flight pattern of migrating birds, throwing them off course.
- Apples: Fresh organic apples are chock full of goodness. Even washing the skin with soap and water does not wash away the methyl parathion and chlirpyrifos. Eat natural for clearer skin and protection against heart disease.
- Cherries: 91.4% of all non-organic cherries tested had toxic, incredibly high levels of pesticides. When choosing organic, you reap all the health benefits of a cherry, the most heart healthy fruit you can eat.
- Celery: A yummy favorite spread with peanut butter or cut up on the vege tray, this should also be only eaten organic. The high levels of carcinorgenic pesticides are hidden in every non organic stalk.
- Peppers: Sweet bell peppers were the vegetable with the most pesticides detected on a single sample. Peppers, hot, sweet, green, red and yellow, all have anti cancer properties and loads of vitamin C.
- Grapes: Delicious little grapes have a carbamate, which is an insecticide which causes endocrine disruptions. Grapes are an excellent way to perk up a stressed out body. They promote the heart and aid it in pumping blood to your brain and other organs. You will also want to switch to only organic wine. Sulfite free and so much tastier. With the bonus of avoiding headaches.S
- Strawberries, Raspberries, Cherries: These are full of the same rotten chemicals as the other fruits, 91.4% of all non-organic cherries tested had incredibly high levels of toxins. In their natural state, they are full of vitamin C and help fight cancer.
- Tomatoes: Remember what a garden fresh tomato tastes like? Now compare that to the red impostors they sell in the grocery store. Each one may be a perfect tomato shape, and sport the official tomato color, but one bite and it’s blandness gives it away. Stick to the organic on this thin skinned one for more heart healthy benefits.
The effect a diet how in toxins has on a body is a newer study, since the practice of heavily spraying chemicals started after WWII. And now with food irradiation and genetic engineering our food is a more like drugs that need to be carefully monitored. Support your local farmers, please visit the farmer’s markets for your food. Invest in your health, and the community.
Younger by the Day by Victoria Moran