How Eating Organically Can Keep You Healthy
About 11 years ago, I made the switch from conventional milk to organic milk. The idea of feeding my two little children milk from cows that had been treated with unnecessary hormones and antibiotics was horrifying to me.
To me, the term organic simply means untreated, pure, unadulterated. The little herb garden you have on your kitchen window sill- that’s organic. The tomatoes, greens, and bell peppers you have growing in your backyard- that’s organic. If it were up to me, I would even raise a cow, a couple hens, be able to catch wild fish, and harvest my own rice and wheat. Unfortunately, in the real world scenario, I rely completely on my neighborhood grocery store. Thankfully, there are so many organic options available out there that eating healthy has actually become quite easy in recent years.
I am no doctor or scientist, but common sense tells me that all those chemicals used to treat foods are certainly not good for the body. I have read enough material that clearly suggests that pesticides, fungicides, nitrates, nitrites, heavy metals (lead), and phthalates- all the stuff used and found in processed foods, including vegetables and meat- are carcinogenic. In fact, I remember watching this movie sometime back that said that in Europe, 70% of all cancers have been linked to the environment- 30% to pollution, and the remaining 40% to food! Pesticides have been found to cause respiratory problems in young children. They have also been found to be toxic to the nervous system as well as the reproductive system. The list goes on.
Frankly speaking, I have a mixed opinion about this. But the fact is that the mother in me wants to believe this. I want the best for my kids, and my topmost priority is their good health. The idea of feeding my family foods that may have high amounts of pesticide residue doesn’t excite me. Since I am the one responsible for all food matters in the household, I always try to pick healthy foods, and incorporate as many organic options as I can. I do have to do some budgeting, and as we all know, organic foods cost more than their conventional counterparts. The good thing is that a lot of stores sell organic foods in bulk, at a great price. You can even get farm fresh produce delivered right to your doorstep thanks to Full Circle. I must point out that organic foods tend to have a superior taste.
I can’t always keep everything organic. Sometimes I do succumb to junk food from that fast food place once in a while. So here’s my list for organic must-haves:
- Vegetables; especially spinach, kale, green peas, etc. Fruits such as apples, peaches, grapes, strawberries, etc. If you are going to keep it raw, I’d like to keep it organic.
Poultry, and other meat
We are what we eat. A healthy balanced diet will do wonders for the body and mind; and eating organic foods more often will definitely promote a healthier life, and ultimately, a healthier planet for future generations.
About the Author: Aparna Heroor is passionate about food, and loves to write about her food creations whenever inspiration hits her. She believes that food is a great way to bring people together, and by extrapolation, bring cultures together. Her other interests include music, hiking, and watching movies, especially Bollywood. Follow her blog Yet Another Foodie, and like her Facebook page. She currently lives in Sammamish, WA.