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Organic Food

June 11, 2016

Why Should You Buy Organic Food and How to Save Money Doing It?

That’s a question on many people’s mind today…“Should I be buying organic food instead of conventionally grown food?”

In today’s world, people are becoming more and more health conscious, and the food we eat is being linked to many of the health issues we are experiencing.  Inevitably, organic food becomes a topic of discussion and consideration. Part of the consideration is that it costs more than conventionally grown food, and many people feel like they can’t justify the higher costs on an already expensive grocery bill.

But I have to ask the question, can you afford not to spend that little extra to protect and improve yours and your family’s health? It really is an investment in your future, to help:

  • Keep medical bills lower
  • Stay healthier
  • Keep heavily contaminated foods out of your body
    • These contaminated foods have been linked to mental and physical disabilities and dysfunctions

What does organic really mean?

The way your food, i.e. agricultural products, poultry, dairy products and meat, are grown is either organic or conventional. Organic farmers refrain from using fertilizers, pesticides and weed control that are chemical based and not natural. Organic beef is raised in organic pastures, does not receive growth-promoting hormones or antibiotics and is fed only organic foods. True organic foods are generally Certified Organic. (Because organic was the original means of farming, you’d think that it would be the conventional way, but due to the fact that so many farmers use chemically based products in their farming methods, that has become the convention)

How to improve your diet organically…

Whether you are on a tight budget or not, you can begin improving your diet by purchasing, organic beef, poultry, eggs and dairy. The reason that this is a good place to start is because animal products collect so many toxins.

  1. Feed that is treated with pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
  2. The toxins and drugs that are ingested by the animal, are introduced to every part of their body…tissues, fat, by-products such as eggs, dairy, and meat. From there they go to your local grocery store, and from there to your dinner table.

When purchasing organic beef, look for the “grass fed” label. Also, organic chicken should be free-range or cage-free. Because even “organic eggs” may have undergone processing or cleaning treatments, it’s safest to buy your eggs from a trusted local farmer.

Fruits and Vegetables that are the most important to buy organic…

Did you know that organically grown fruits and vegetables are higher in nutritional value than conventionally grown? (Conventional has only 83% of the nutrition of organic.)

If you are on a budget, these are the Fruits and Vegetables that are the most important to buy organic because they contain the highest pesticide load:

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Pears
  • Imported Grapes
  • Potatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Celery
  • Bell Peppers
  • Spinach

Your money is valuable, but your health is more valuable. Healthcare can be more expensive than groceries, so, spending a little more at the grocery store check-out line can save you money in doctor and hospital expenses. Choosing healthy organic foods is an investment in yours and your family’s future.

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