Saturday, March 17, 2012

Are You Spending too Much in Order to Eat Healthy?

When it comes to eating healthy food you could be wasting a lot of money and buying food that you think is good for your health but actually isn't. And your supermarket is making millions of people being unaware of this money waster. From buying organic that doesn't need to be organic because the pesticide use is low anyway. To buying meat and fish that you think is healthy but actually isn't. And buying processed foods that say are healthy for you added nutrients but are actually not.

When wanting to be healthy and still do it on a budget then this is important for you, all processed foods and packaged meats are a rip-off these foods lack any real nutrient value and have added fillers and additives. All breakfast cereals, regardless of whether or not they have cartoons on the front are a complete waste of money with no real nutritional value, they are high in sugar, the leading course of diabetes a chronic disease that is killing thousands every year and is on the increase. These cereals are filled with synthetic additives. For example, the iron fortified cereals that contain actual iron fillings which is not the same as the iron you get in spinach, this iron is toxic and your body can't absorb it.

Certain organic foods are low in pesticides so there is no need to be buying these produce as organic. If a produce has a skin and needs to be peeled then the low amount of pesticide used is just peeled away. The Environmental Working Group has produced their pesticide review in 2010. They say the produce that is the most pesticide free when buying conventionally is:

  • Onions
  • Avocados
  • Watermelon
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Cantaloupe
  • Asparagus
  • Eggplant
  • Cabbage
  • Frozen sweet peas

They do state that their top 12 includes corn, but corn is not good because of the genetic modification that occurs with it; so do not eat it unless it's organic.

The top 12 foods listed by the EWG's report that is important to eat organic, as it is the highest quantity of pesticides used are foods that have permeable or edible skins:

  • Grapes
  • Potatoes
  • Cherries
  • Kale/collard greens
  • Spinach
  • Nectarines
  • Blueberries
  • Apples
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Celery

Be careful when something says it is organic such as milk, because while organic milk comes from a cow that hasn't been fed artificial growth hormones or pesticide-laden food, it doesn't mean they have been pastured or grass-fed cows, that's why its important that they are also free-range. Another problem is that all organic milk is still pasteurised which destroys all the good valuable nutrients.

Even the meat and fish has contaminants in it, fish farmed is full of antibiotics and fed soy and GM corn, it is also low in essential vitamins and is high in contaminants, including carcinogens, PCBs, brominated flames retardants, and pesticides such as dioxin and DDT.

When meat isn't organic and free-range it is feed on grains and not grass, these grains are soy and corn, which fatten up the beef. Organic beef is higher in beta-carotene, vitamin E, omega-3s, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), calcium, magnesium, and potassium when compared to conventional raised beef, which is also high in pesticides (due to eating contaminated grains).

It is always best to buy organic, but not everything needs to be organic, only buy the products that are high in contaminants, the most important that your meat and fish are organic and also free-range, you can also get a veggie wash for your vegetables and fruits if you aren't buying organic.

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