Why Organic

organic label 2So what’s the big deal about eating organic? Its becoming more and more popular for many reasons. Are you wondering if its a good idea for you and your family? Read on to find out.

  • No Poisons

    A Harvard study says that 60% of herbicides, 90% of fungicides, and 30 percent of insecticides could cause cancer.. A study among farm workers showed exposure to pesticides increased the risk of Parkinson’s Disease by 70%. Like apples? If you eat a conventionally-grown apple, even if you washed it, you eat 20-30 different kinds of poisons.

  • No Hormones

     Six different kinds of hormones are put into meat, and rBGH is in milk. There have been no studies to determine if they have an effect on the hormone balance in the humans who consume the meat. The European Union has decided this is unacceptable, and has banned the importation of U.S. grown beef due to questions about its safety. We however continue to eat it. The rBGH, or bovine growth hormone, in milk is linked to infection, sores, and disease in cows. And high levels if IGF-1 (Insulin Growth Factor) have been found in the milk of cows treated with the growth hormone. IGF-1 has been linked to colon and breast cancer.

  • No Antibiotics

    Animals used for the food industry receive a cocktail of antibiotics to prevent infections that they would get due to other chemicals put in their systems combined with unsanitary quarters. The widespread use of antibiotics is causing bacteria to evolve and become more resistant to these drugs. This means that when we get sick the antibiotics no longer kill the bacteria. For example, MRSA is a term for a specific type of resistant bacteria. In 2000 the average resistance level in the US was 29.6%. By 2009 that number has jumped to 52%. This means that the drugs we have that can save our lives are slowly no longer working. This is partly due to overuse in agriculture. To watch the spread of the resistance go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov3G9GQo0fg .

  • Not Genetically Modified

    Organic foods cannot contain GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms). The number of problems potentially caused by GMO’s is shocking. Food allergies, autism, gut and bowel issues, high blood pressure, the list goes on and on. However the companies that make and sell them have been given top positions in the FDA. The agency that is supposed to keep food safe is run by people high up in companies who sell possibly toxic food. Because of this it is hard for studies to be done. There has been a study in Canada showing that the toxins in GMO’s are in the blood of pregnant women and their fetuses. This toxin breaks open the stomachs of bugs, killing them. It is likely eroding the lining of our stomachs, causing disease.

  • Better for the Environment

    Chemicals used in agriculture enter the water table. Hormones in the manure of animals enters lakes and streams where they alter the reproductive cycles of fish. According to the EPA half of Americans drinking water supply has been contaminated with pesticides. We our poisoning our own water.

  • No Additives, Preservatives, Flavorings

    Various additives in our food have been linked to things like food allergies, asthma, hyperactivity, high cholesterol, liver and kidney damage, heart defects, cancers, birth defects, vitamin deficiency, heart attack, and stroke.

  • Safer for Children

    If you have kids you have an even stronger incentive to eat organic. Children are more sensitive to toxins. Since they are smaller the toxins in their bodies are more concentrated. A small amount that my barely affect an adult can wreak havoc on a child. They are still developing so their bodies are more susceptible to damage. Exposure to pesticides doubles a child’s risk of developing ADHD.

So, have I convinced you yet? Organic food is not just a passing fad. It is not an attempt to cheat you of your money. Eating organic is necessary for the health of ourselves, our children, and for future generations.

Sources:

http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com/issue-1/why-eat-organic.php

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/15-reasons-to-eat-organic-food.html?page=1

http://www.organicconsumers.org/organlink.cfm

http://www.naturalnews.com/z022264.html

http://www.toxicsaction.org/problems-and-solutions/pesticides

http://www.sustainabletable.org/issues/hormones/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov3G9GQo0fg

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/dangers-of-food-additives-and-preservatives.html

Energy Trail Mix Recipe

There are many energy bars out there today, but a lot of them are high in sugar. Because of this they raise energy levels quickly, but then the dreaded crash sets in. I was planning a vacation with my husband that involved a 14 hour road trip, one way. We were also planning on doing a lot of walking and hiking so I knew we needed a snack that would help provide us with lasting energy without the crash. This trail mix recipe was born out of that need. Unfortunately we had to postpone the trip, but it certainly did the trick while we were raking our yard!

Keep scrolling after the recipe to read some of the health benefits of the individual ingredients. And of course, remember to use all organic ingredients whenever possible. I am sensitive to even natural sugars so this recipe is really low in all forms of sugar. If you are less sensitive than me you could add a small amount of dried fruit such as cranberries or cherries.

 

Energy Trail Mix Recipe:

(Yields 4-5 cups)

1 1/2 cups almonds

1 cup shelled pistachios

3/4 cup pumpkin seeds (roasted or raw)

3/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes

(optional 1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks and/or 1/2 cup unsweetened dried fruit)

You can combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them together, or toss them in a resealable bag and shake them up a bit. Easy, right? Make sure only one of your nuts is salted, the first time I made it I didn’t pay attention to that and boy did it make you thirsty,

 

Health Benefits:

Almonds

  • High levels of copper, riboflavin, and copper aide in energy production
  • Good for your heart, brain, skin, blood pressure and cholesterol balance
  • High in vitamin E, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and fiber

 

Pistachios

 

  • High in vitamin B6, which is essential for your nervous system, red blood cell production, energy production and immune system
  • Contains the minerals copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium, and zinc
  • Has as much fiber as oatmeal per serving
  • Antioxidant
  • Aides in glucose tolerance
  • Cholesterol balancing

Pumpkin seeds

  • Contains diverse forms of vitamin E
  • High in minerals manganese, tryptophan, phosphorous, copper, iron, zinc and magnesium
  • Antioxidant
  • Lowers bad cholesterol
  • And men, it’s good for prostate health

Coconut

  • High in fiber, B vitamins, potassium
  • Raises good cholesterol

 

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