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WHY EATING ORGANIC IS A REAL ‘THING’ & HOW TO CHOOSE

The average person does not comprehend how much toxic chemicals are in & on our food! The toxins in our food are linked to autoimmune disease, obesity, cancer and even dementia!


We trust government agencies & regulatory bodies to ensure that the food we eat has been checked by ‘someone’ and is safe or harmless to eat. THE TRUTH is less than 1% of the food we eat is independently verified as healthy for consumption. I know you dont believe it but food manufacturers DO NOT have to prove the chemicals IN & ON their food won’t cause harm.


So what we can do? Putting ‘NOT eating ultra processed foods’ to one side (another time) the first step is eating organic for your ‘REAL FOOD’ - fruit, vegetables, plants, meat & eggs!


Certified (that’s important) Organic food has strict limits as to what chemicals (if any) can be used to grow it!

Don’t think these chemicals matter? Then let’s just consider the most widely spread chemical on earth - glyphosate, the active weed killer in Round Up.

Monsanto was successfully sued for $290 million when glyphosate was proven to cause cancer in 2018. Yes this was a landscaper but it is estimated that over 70% of the food we eat is contaminated with glyphosate from Round Up! 70% of new born babies are born with traces of glyphosate in their placenta!


3 WAYS TO CHOOSE ORGANIC

  1. Think like a bug! If it is sweet, bright, colourful & easy to access bugs will be more attracted to it! The more bugs like it, the more the farmer has to spray it!

  2. Do you eat the skin? If you eat the whole plant, fruit or vegetable including the skin (strawberry, apple) you are directly ingesting the toxic chemicals that are on the outside.

  3. Is it above or below ground. If it is above ground the chemicals get on the plant easily. If it is below they still get in the plant but have to go through the soil.

Yes organic is more expensive but it is trade-off of price against how toxic the food is!

SO WHAT SHOULD YOU BUY ORGANIC & WHAT IS OK TO NOT BUY ORGANIC?


The Environmental Working Group puts out a list every year that is a good rough guide. Follow this and you are doing your best to avoid the most sprayed foods.

DIRTY DOZEN

The 12 most toxic foods (in order) that you should try to buy organic.

1. Strawberries

2. Spinach

3. Kale, collard & mustard greens

4. Peaches

5. Pears

6. Nectarines

7. Apples

8. Grapes

9. Bell & hot Peppers

10. Cherries

11. Blueberries (all berries)

12. Green Beans


CLEAN FIFTEEN™

The 15 least toxic foods that it is ok to NOT buy organic.


1. Avocados

2. Sweet corn

3. Pineapple

4. Onions

5. Papaya

6. Sweet peas (frozen)

7. Asparagus

8. Honeydew melon

9. Kiwi

10. Cabbage

11. Mushrooms

12. Mangoes

13. Sweet Potatoes

14. Watermelon

15. Carrots


Now even more important than fruit & vegetables may be meat because the fat in meat holds toxins that the animals eat (grass, grains etc) and a few choice daily staples that you eat every day!

So your organic list should also include:

  1. Organic beef, lamb, chicken & pork that is grass fed and grass finished meat.

  2. Eggs. Only buy organic pasteur raised free range eggs.

  3. Fish. Only buy local wild sustainably caught or quality tinned small fish.

  4. Bread. Only buy organic bread. Glyphosate is heavily sprayed on wheat crops.

  5. Coffee. Buy organic coffee whenever possible. 95% of coffee crops are full of pesticides.

And if minimizing your chances of getting everything from cancer to autoimmune disease was not enough, here are 10 more reasons to buy organic!

  1. Avoid chemicals - destroying our gut health, immune system, endocrine system, causing rampant inflammation and even are highly linked to risk of cancer and dementia.

  2. Higher nutrient value - more nutrients, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and micronutrients than commercially grown foods because the soil is managed and nourished with sustainable practices by responsible standards.

  3. It tastes better - you just have to try it!

  4. Avoid GMO - These ‘laboratory foods’ are foreign to humans and the repercussions is pandemic rates of food sensitives and autoimmune responses.

  5. Avoid hormones, antibiotics and drugs in animal products - Factory farmed meat and dairy are the highest risk foods for contamination by harmful substances. More than 90% of the pesticides Americans consume are found in the fat and tissue of meat and dairy products.

  6. Preserve our ecosystems - Organic farming supports eco-sustenance, or farming in harmony with nature. Preservation of soil and crop rotation keep farmland healthy, and chemical abstinence preserves the ecosystem.

  7. Reduce pollution and protect water and soil - Agricultural chemicals, pesticides, and fertilizers are contaminating our environment, poisoning our precious water supplies, and destroying the value of fertile farmland.

  8. Preserve agricultural diversity - It is estimated that 75% of the genetic diversity of agricultural crops has been lost in the last century.

  9. Support farming directly - Buying organic food is an investment in a cost-effective future.

  10. Keep our children and future safe - Spending dollars in the organic sector is a direct vote for a sustainable future for the many generations to come.

If it all sounds too hard just buy the Dirty Dozen organic plus meat & eggs and you will be going a long way to reducing your toxic chemical exposure from ‘real food’!


Coach

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