What Are You Really Eating?

Whether it’s 3 or 5 meals a day, do you really know what’s in your food? Do you know where your food comes from? How it’s grown? The quality of the soil it’s grown in?

The debate on Organic vs Commercially Produced food has been ongoing for quite some time, particularly around fruit and vegetables.  Is there really a difference in the quality of the Fruit & Veg produced organically? Is it really worth the extra cost? Is it really that expensive when compared with Commercially Produced food?

What options are available to you if you want to ensure you’re family eats the best quality Fruit & Veg but you just can’t stretch the weekly budget to include Organic food?

We live in a world of polluted air and water. We spray pesticides on crops to compensate for poor farming practices. We live in a world where people place a higher priority on driving a nice car than eating high quality food.

Don’t believe me? Just part yourself outside a fast food outlet for an hour or 2 and count how many $50,000 cars line up for a $2 hamburger!

We shop for groceries like it was petrol or motor oil – the cheaper the better.

We shop around to find the cheapest eggs, meat, vegetables and of course junk food. Unlike a car that just needs petrol to run, within a few hours of eating, that so-called food will be replacing the cells in your body.

A car gets you from A to B and we trade them in every once in a while for a better model. Problem is, you only get 1 body and it’s supposed to get you from birth to 80, 90 or beyond . Your body is the vehicle that allows you to experience life – moving, touching, seeing, feeling, smelling and experiencing what it’s like to be a human being.

Yet we put the cheapest, most highly sprayed foods and drink toxic unpurified water or worse, chemical cocktails, in our body and still expect awesome mileage and an engine that purrs like a kitten!

So what’s the alternative?

Organic food is grown without toxic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or chemical fertilizers. Organic food provides more nutrient value than commercially produced food and is produced in ways that support and promote a healthy environment.

But maybe you’re not ready to make a long-term investment in your health by “Going Organic”.

For many, it’s still all about the perceived higher cost of Organic food.

Hang around Health websites long enough and you’ll be sure to hear “You can either spend your money with the farmer or the doctor”.  Sounds fair enough to me, either spend you hard earned dollars on the best quality food you can afford, preferably organic, or spend it on medical procedures, prescriptions and treatments once the years of toxin and pesticide build up from commercially produced food take a toll on your body.

So what if you could take a step closer without going all the way? What is there was a way to ‘Go Organic’ in a way that won’t break the budget?

Introducing the Dirty Dozen & the Clean 15
The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen are lists of the “clean” and “dirty” fruit and vegetables as determined by the Environmental Working Group, a US health and environmental research organisation. The Environmental Working Group published these lists to be used as a guideline for consumers to potentially reduce pesticide exposure from commercially produced produce by almost 90 per cent. Whilst many of Australia’s farming practices follow those of the US, the items marked with an asterix (*) below are specific to Australia and as you can see, today’s lists go beyond the initial Dozen or 15.

The Dirty Dozen list comprises Fruit & Veg that are often laden with pesticides and otheOrganics
The Top 12 culprits are: Apples*, Celery*, Strawberries*, Peaches*, Spinach, Nectarines*, Grapes*, Capsicums, Potatoes, Blueberries, Lettuce*, Cherries, Kale, Zucchini, Cucumber*, Broccoli*, Carrots*, Pears*

So if you’re not yet ready to go all the way with your Organic produce, start with these 12 “absolute must be Organic” when it comes to Fruit & Veg.

On the other hand, The Clean 15 require minimal intervention in order to flourish, and in their non-organic form contain the least amount of nasties. So whilst they may not be Organic, commercially produced produce on this list are not considered to be as toxic to your body as the Dirty Dozen.
The Clean 15 consist of: Onions, Pineapple, Avocado, Asparagus, Sweet Peas, Mangoes, Eggplant, RockMelon, Kiwi Fruit, Cabbage, Watermelon, Sweet Potato, Grapefruit, Mushrooms, Sweet corn.

Ultimately, the question of Organic vs Commercially Produced food comes down to your own priorities on what’s most important for you and your family so use the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 to lighten your toxic load until you make the ultimate decision for yourself.

 

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