I was telling a friend about the benefits of eating local organic produce. While she agreed in part she also insisted that it was too expensive too purchase. In an effort to expand our discussion I have posted some text that I came across on site the “Young and Raw” .
Check it out when you have a minute.
This informative website contains so much helpful information. Here is a sampling of some basic information that might help convince you.
Why Choose Organic?
The reason I choose organic food over the rest is the fact that it doesn’t contain pesticides, herbicides, or chemicals. My thought on this is; if it can kill bugs or weeds it really can’t be that good for me or my family. Now if I didn’t have an option and had to eat all the chemically enhanced, flavored and preserved food, I couldn’t help it. I would have to succumb. But I have a choice, the choice to live healthy and make sure my children do too. Most inorganic foods contain at least traces of the pesticides, herbicides or chemicals. When you see a red, shiny apple in the non-organic part of the produce department, you can assume it’s covered in wax to make it that glossy. This wax is not something you would normally eat voluntarily and you have to really wash it thoroughly with warm water, to remove it.
Packaged or processed organic foods – keeping in mind that these target health conscious consumers – are usually prepared with minimal amounts of salt (not the good kind). In comparison, conventional processed foods have higher than necessary amounts of salt (to add flavor), which can affect your water retention and blood pressure among other things. Then there are the sweeteners and sugars hidden in your processed foods, and we have all learned that soda contains large amounts of sugar.
Did you know a 12 oz. can of coke has 39 grams of sugar in it? Now take something you wouldn’t associate with sugar, such as a cracker, turkey and cheese lunchable. Guess what? It contains a whopping 36 grams of sugar. This means even if you’re making sure your child doesn’t eat too many sweets or drink too many sodas he/she is still getting way too much through the other seemingly sugar-free stuff.
Why Organic is Affordable
I’m going to make the comparison of conventional versus organic with bread. You can eat 4 slices of regular, super market brand bread and still be hungry because it has no substance. Yes, it’s cheap but it’s also not very nourishing or satisfying and you’ll be hungry again in no time. The organic version, preferably gluten-free and fresh from the bakery department, is a different story. You won’t need as much to make a meal that’s filling, nutritious and sustaining. Instead of 4 slices you can make it with two and you’re not going to be back for more food as quickly as you would be with conventional bread. So, yes, you are spending more for that loaf of bread but it will last you longer. That’s why, all things considered, you are spending about the same and you’re doing something good for yourself and your family.
The Health Benefits
It won’t happen overnight but you will definitely notice a difference after a few weeks. Once the chemicals you have fed your body start evacuating the premises you will have more energy, you will sleep better and you will feel better. Since I started out on this new path I have been able to reduce my blood pressure medication, my allergies have gotten better and the headaches I used to get quite frequently have disappeared. Consider the money you are saving by less visits to the doctor and being sick less! And of course another thing you are gaining is a clean conscience towards mother-nature. Processed foods might be cheap, but they cost our planet more than most of us can even imagine.
Buying organic is great, local organic if you can get it, is even better. The closer you are to your food source, the better the nutritional value. This might give you the opportunity to get to know the farmer and where your food is coming from. Going local you are also supporting your community and, being a part of that community yourself. If you like honey, be sure to get some from your local bee farmer. Did you know that your locally produced honey can help reduce your allergies? It contains traces of the pollen of the plants the bees visit and therefore helps reduce allergies to these plants. In my case it has helped. Is it scientifically proven? I don’t know. Is it mind over matter? Could be, but I’m just grateful my swollen eyes and itchy, runny nose are in my past.
So if for health or community, preferably for both, more people buy organic, more organic will be produced and less chemicals will penetrate our soil and seep into the groundwater. Even if it’s just you making the switch, it makes a difference. We can change the world one shopping basket at a time.