So many of you are sold on the benefits of clean food. We want less of what can irritate our systems and more of what helps us feel our best, helps our bodies run their best, oh and tastes delicious!
Our AKA intern and NYU dietetic intern, Rachel Silverman, shares why she thinks it is important to make organic choices and also includes a few of her favorite organic products that she eats daily even on a student’s budget.
Maria Rodale said, “If you do just one thing to change the world, go organic”. We agree. Here is why:
Why Should You Choose Organic Most Of The Time?
Organic farming of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and meats are done without the use of unapproved chemicals for pest control, diseases, and weed prevention.
For a product to be labeled as organic it must meet the USDA’s set of standards which includes a board review of approved ingredients every 5 years, supports animal welfare, helps preserve natural resources, prohibits the use of genetically modified seeds and animals are not allowed to be fed GMO ingredients.
These farms and production
So what does this mean for you?
You should make an effort for more of your nutrition intake to be certified organic. The best way to do this? Choose organic for what goes in and on you most often.
What Should You Buy Organic?
Choose Organic That You Can Afford
Organic is actually not synonymous with more expensive. In fact, finding organic products can be affordable when you shop following these tips.
Look For Sales And Coupons
Markets like Walmart, Costco, Whole Foods, Safeway, Mom’s Organic and Trader Joe’s offer coupons on organic items and advertise sales in their weekly newsletters.
Shop online at Thrive Market is a health food website stocked with organic and non-GMO products at reduced prices up to 50% off.
Buy From Farmers
Visiting your local farmers market will reduce the cost of buying organic for what is in season
Try The Bulk Bins
Buy in bulk (AKA tip: freeze excess fruit for smoothies!). Farmers may be more likely to cut costs at the end of the day, so go on the later end to visit the farmers market.
Go For The Ugly Or The Imperfect
They are often being cast aside and you can get bargains on great organic food that will be delicious and nutritious and make you pretty on the inside and outside, even if its not the “perfect” looking produce you have been marketed to think is better.
Choose Organic For The Dirty
In 2016, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released an updated list of the “Dirty Dozen”, a list of foods that contain the highest pesticide loads and should be purchased organic, when possible.
Some of the biggest offenders in 2016 include strawberries, apples, nectarines, peaches, celery, and even kale – yes “All Hail Only Organic Kale!”
Apples are at the top of the list when it comes to highest amounts of pesticides. Since
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My rule of thumb when it comes to buying organic produce: if you can eat the skin or leaf it better be organic!
Choose Organic As You Go Up The Food Chain
Our non-human friends produce better products when they feel healthier. Animals feel better when they are fueled by better nutrition, kept in a clean and healthy environment, not given medications unless sick and when they are active to reduce stress.
Research shows organic dairy milk contains a different, healthier fatty acid and other nutrient profile than non-organic (choose whole fat or lowfat to get the benefits and ideally grass-fed, finished products).
If organic animal products are not available choose organic plant options or choose naturally non-GMO non-organic plant options, especially the Clean 15 (the opposite of the Dirty Dozen!) as a back up (avoid corn, soy, sugar beets etc. as well as Dirty Dozen produce).
Remember, that we do not know what the health issues with GMOs are for everyone, but we do know the negative health implications of consuming non-organic approved pesticides and herbicides like glyphosate which are sprayed on plants like wheat.
So choosing non-GMO will not help you here, but choosing organic will.
Do Not Make These Two Diet Mistakes!
1. If you are choosing better quality foods and drinks to eat, your supplements better be better quality too. In fact, they should be at least as good quality if not better than the food you eat, otherwise why are you choosing to take them?
2. Total nutrition includes what goes on your body, daily, as
Your beauty and skincare regime better be better beauty which means safe, effective, and gets results.
My recommendation is to choose organic whenever it is accessible and affordable. Even as a dietetic intern, I prioritize organic foods as part of budgeting for better health.
It may mean I get a few less lattes out – that is ok because I love making mine at home and bringing in along in a big stainless steel mug with my favorite organic nut milk.
A few of my other organic staples include – organic almond butter. I like to grind my own almond butter which allows me to buy by weight, which can help save money.
When buying fresh produce I visit the farmers market for seasonal organic fruits and vegetables. Lastly, I keep frozen organic fruits and vegetables in my freezer to whip up a nutritious smoothie with an organic protein powder; before a long day at the hospital!
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