Until today’s epidemic of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, healthy eating was largely neglected by the masses. Now that people are becoming aware of the need to stay healthy and look at what they put into their bodies, they realize that they need to change those eating habits that are making them fat and ill.
Eating organic has become the catchword for maintaining healthy bodies and minds. While store shelves are stocked with produce and various food products, they don’t always translate as healthy for you. Many fruits and vegetables grown on commercial farms today are often devoid of essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy. The soil is often sprayed with chemical fertilizers that strip away what little remains of nutrients. As the plants grow, they absorb the chemicals used during the growing season.
This alone is reason enough to eat organic foods. Organically grown fruits and vegetables have several health benefits. They are far healthier as little to no chemicals are used to help them grow as Mother Nature intended. Organically grown fruits and vegetables taste and look better than the commonly grown fruits and vegetables on commercial farms. Near harvesting they aren’t sprayed with preservatives to make them look fresh and blemish free on the grocer’s shelves.
While many people do believe in eating healthier by picking up those oranges and lettuce, those fruits and vegetables they buy at the supermarket come with a great amount of chemical residues that remains on them well after harvesting. Peaches and apples are the two leading fruits that receive the most chemical treatments on commercial growing operations. It’s estimated that some 25% of produce on store shelves today contain pesticide and herbicide residues.
Genetically modified foods may seem to be an alternative to pesticide laced fruits, but evidence is showing that GM foods may be even more harmful to the human body.
Organically grown produce retain far more vitamins and minerals. Throughout the years, the vitamins and minerals of many fruits and vegetables have decreased from what they contained fifty years ago
And that applies equally to farm animals. Compare, for example, a fresh egg from a free range chicken to one from a standard chicken coop. The color and texture of an organic egg is far superior, though it may seem odd to the average palette.
Beef, of course, is one of the major staples of today’s diet. But here again, cows that are allowed to roam and eat grass rather than fed a diet of grain and ground chicken bones produce better meat with less fat. Organic beef doesn’t contain the growth hormones used to “bulk up” cattle. Even the milk from dairy cows is far richer and contain more nutrients when the milk is not processed through pasteurization.
Eating organic foods is simply better for the body. The increasing rates of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer can be linked to an improper diet. Today’s diet of fast food loaded with fats and sugar do nothing to maintain health, much less when they are laced with carbon monoxide and formaldehyde used to keep food looking fresh longer.
As most people are severely deficient in the levels required for health, eating organic is the best alternative.
Observe the pictures taken of the poor in the Great Depression era and compare them to the poor of today and you’ll find a remarkable difference. The Great depression poor were thin and skinny, whereas today’s poor is overweight and fat due mostly to consuming foods laced with chemicals that the body stores in fatty tissue.
The focus today should be on healthier eating. Eating organic is a step in the right direction. But s is taking the time to sit down and properly eat instead of wolfing down food as is a common practice today. Much more needs to be done before you can hope to see healthy produce on local supermarket shelves. Until that time arrives, your best move is to buy organic produce wherever it is available to stay healthy and happy.