June 28, 2011
Are you a health conscious person? If so, then it is a definite fact that you will have heard about organic products like solid foods and liquids. Not only vegetables but also fruits are available in organic form. This specific form is said to be the purest form and does not contain any impurities and chemicals like pesticides, toxins and other harmful chemical fertilizers. It is said that including these food products in the daily meal routine helps in living a healthier life and increase the time span of living in this beautiful earth. Due to these reasons, most of the people are including these healthy food products in the daily meal routines thus practicing in much healthier food habits.
Let us have a look at some of the characteristic of these food products:
The raw organic foods should be eaten fresh otherwise, the loss of valuable minerals and nutrients present inside these products happens. Taste diluting also happens if these products are kept for a long period. Those raw organic foods that are seasonal in nature are considered to be best sources of vitamins A & C and provide refreshing nature to mind and body. Other than these characteristics, these items are said to be rich in chlorophyll content. We all know that chlorophyll is helpful in production of red blood cells. The synthetic foods that are prepared through artificial preservation techniques result in a massive loss of chlorophylls along with other valuable nutrients. The soil in which the organic foods grow doesn’t contain any chemical preservatives and fertilizers. This help in letting these crops grow with the loss of no valuable minerals and nutrients from these food items. These items are also known to be the best supplier of natural enzymes that are extremely valuable and useful to human body.
Although you may find these purest products at groceries and shopping malls, but you need to face a lot of crowd and other troubles while going out physically to buy these items. Therefore, the best way to undergo the buying activity is through the online method. Many stores sell organic food online. They not only sell but also even offer free delivery of these products at your doorsteps without any extra charges. If you can keep your eyes open, then you will definitely get the genuine products through the online mode.
For more information on organic food online, check out the info available online; these will help you learn to find the raw organic foods!
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June 21, 2011
The only way that fruit, vegetables, cereals and grains that can be labelled organic is if absolutely no pesticides or fertilisers have been used in the soil for at least two years prior to picking. For meat to be labelled organic it must come from livestock that is free range and fed mainly on organic food, that has been proven not to have given drugs such as antibiotics. In my home country Britain, the farms labelled organic are regularly inspected and certified by the organisations belonging to the uk register of organic food standards (UKROFS), these are the governing body that are given the responsibility for enforcing all European Commission laws on the matter.
Of all the various approved organic-symbol organisations, the soil association is considered the best and the association with the highest standards. Check for your own countries corresponding regulatory bodies. The general public’s fears to the damage to the environment chemically treatment of foods along with concerns with the foods safety has increased demand for organic produce by consumers. There have been numerous reports of unexpectedly high levels of fertilisers and pesticides in foods, for example, the organophosphates in vegetables and fruits and lindane in cow’s milk. This exposure has brought a lot attention to the pitfalls and problems of modern intensive farming. Over 25000 tons of pesticides are used every year in the British isles. You can expect even higher usage in countries in which modern intensive farming methods are more common and prevalent throughout the land. Interestingly, despite this recent government surveys have been showing that under one percent of all food put under test scrutiny had fertiliser or chemical residue over the maximum legal limit and roughly two third’s had no detectable residues at all.
It is often claimed that food produced organically is superior in nutritional value and taste to food that is not organic. This is yet to be tested or proven. However, many people do seem to prefer the taste of organic fruits and vegetable. Due to the popularity and growing demand for organic produced foods, new ranges are produced almost weekly; including bake beans, biscuits chocolate. You will generally find that organic produce is usually more expensive to purchase and looks inferior to food produce grown through conventional methods of modern farming.
Presently, it is estimated that nearly all the food produce in the British isles is actually inorganic. Inevitably, most of the organic produce on the supermarket shelves in imported from overseas territory. However the government has brought into effect the organic aid scheme, which was recently introduced to provide monetary support for organic farmers to convert traditional organic farming methods. We can look forward to an increase in the availability of organic food sources produced in the British isles in the future.
Benefits of organic foods;
· Some people believe that foods produced using fertilisers and pesticides can be harmful to our health and has been linked to Cancer, nervous system problems, reproductive problems in woman and even erectile dysfunction (impotence) in men.
· Taste-wise organic food is often believed to be of better taste.
· Organic food is usually produced using more environmental friendly farming methods and practises.
· Animal reared through organic farming methods tend to enjoy a higher level of animal welfare.
Drawbacks of organic foods
· Sometimes organic food can be more expensive than food produced conventionally.
· Organic fruits and vegetables will often spoil easier.
· People tend to prefer the aesthetic appeal of inorganic produce
Before I finish this I thought it would be worth mentioning a recent study performed by ‘Which?’ magazine in the UK. It seems to give an opposite opinion to what most people would expect on the Organic food debate. The investigation was, by the magazines own admission, limited and narrow. However, it’s always a good idea to show both points of view. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/8340585/Organic-food-less-tasty-than-normal-watchdog-says.html.
I hope you have found this information useful. My intention is not to make your mind up for you, my mind still isn’t, but give you a basic understanding of the two sides of the argument.
David is a mechanical engineer, part time musician and web publisher who loves writing about anything to do with health, wealth, spirituality, fitness, self development and life in general.
David also writes about Here’s a Natural Remedies for Impotence at http://impotencenaturalremedy.co.uk.
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June 15, 2011
As you may already be aware, superfoods offer you a wide range of nutrients that can make you feel and look better by helping reduce your risk of disease and by fighting the signs of aging (thanks to all of those antioxidants). What you may not know is that to get the best return on your investment, you really need to purchase organic superfoods.
If a food has been certified organic by the United States Department of Agriculture, the distinction means the food was grown without fake pesticides and fertilizers. These fake or synthetic chemicals can be extremely dangerous to our health, so combining them with superfoods to make us healthier just doesn’t make sense.
One study of peaches, for example, found that 98% contained high levels of pesticides even after they were washed and cleaned. These are, of course, not organically grown peaches. While the study doesn’t address the quantities of those pesticides left behind, other research suggests these dangerous compounds can build up in your system so it doesn’t take much on each peach to cause major health problems down the road.
Synthetic chemicals like these often contain carcinogens, or known cancer-causing agents. That means eating them can increase your risk of developing a wide range of cancers. Again, this is where eating organic superfoods makes sense. If you want to consume antioxidants in those foods to reduce your cancer risk, then it doesn’t make sense to be increasing your risk at the same time. You won’t be doing yourself any favors.
If you’re expecting a child or hoping to start a family, organic superfoods make sense for you, too. All of the good nutrients in superfoods can do wonderful things for an unborn baby who is relying on you to fulfill his or her nutritional needs. Without a healthy diet, your child could experience health problems that could last a lifetime. Additionally, the use of pesticides, such as those used on non-organic produce, has been linked to fetal growth problems in studies in New York City.
Furthermore, if you are a parent trying to feed your child healthy foods, you don’t want to offer them a plate of blueberries, pumpkin, spinach or other foods that have been covered in dangerous chemicals. By choosing organic superfoods, you can be confident that you are giving your kids a healthy diet that isn’t tainted by carcinogens or other dangerous chemicals.
The bottom line is that organic superfoods just make more sense. They may cost a little more. You may need to drive to a different store. But, overall, you are going to benefit from delicious, healthy foods that are safe to eat.
Your health is directly related to what you put into your body. Not all foods are created equal. View our choice for the top superfoods and more here.
It is essential to buy quality superfood supplements and not just buy for lowest price. Your body will thank you!
To Your Health!
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June 6, 2011
Farming practices used before the 1900’s are classed as organic. It was only after this that added chemicals such as urea and DDT were brought into farming – previous to this, farmers didn’t have the knowledge and simply put, were happy enough with things as they were; as most of us today would be. After all, home grown food is often the nicest, most tasty food we put on our plates.
For some reason, during the 1960’s and 1970’s the concept of organic food became a separate entity to the ‘normal’ food we were then buying. Consumers had been effectively duped into believing that what they were buying, was food as nature intended, it not appreciating that the chemicals which were added during growth of the ‘normal stuff’ were what actually made the food abnormal in the first place.
Rachel Carson, a prominent writer, biologist and ecologist established public awareness of these issues via ‘Silent Spring’, a book she wrote which basically brought about major controversy on the use of agricultural chemicals and synthetic pesticides in particular. As a direct result of this book, and the growing concern over the use of farm chemicals which consumers were suddenly more aware of, chemical regulation procedures were put into place, and when the demand for organically grown food rose, so did the need for further regulatory procedures to cut down on the ecologically destructive and toxic chemicals.
Today, organic food is finally reaching an all time high of acceptance from consumers, so its demand is increasing – more ‘organically acceptable’ agricultural procedures are gaining momentum, and it seems even though it is more expensive than chemically treated foodstuffs, it is healthier, and it is that health factor which is winning the battle against chemically treated consumables.
A creation of a whole new set of ideas about organic standards which first came into debate in 1990, took over ten years to refine to relative perfection, and they will still evolve as new practices come into force. It is by these standards now that, organic food and other products such as wool in the USA is grown/gathered.
All of this though begs the questions – why can’t farmers just grow food without chemicals at all, why does it need regulation, and why were chemicals introduced into grown food and other consumables in the first place; I think you already know the answer though, and that’s money.
In this modern technological age where farmers are in direct competition between each other to gain the bigger contracts of the supermarkets and other food retailers, they have to be cheap. They simply can’t grow the vegetables (for example) as fast as the grocery store can sell them, so they have to resort to other methods to keep up, or did do at least until the consumers voice began to ring out strong and true.
Organic food is no longer a small niche in the food desires of Americans; it is becoming what everyone wants. Everyone now wants and feels the need to eat in a more healthy fashion with the onset of so many new medical conditions which prove costly as it is; a little more expense to eat something grown without strong use of chemicals (which could ‘theoretically’ make it worse) might mean a saving health-wise instead.
The organic food trend of today is growing ever-stronger, and not just for vegetables even though at one point organic purchases totalled over 40% of all organic buys. Meat and fish which is organically produced is still at the lowest of all food purchases, but is moving up the chain too. Dairy, bread and grain, beverages and snacks are all becoming more and more popular.
Today there are more Organic supermarkets popping up everywhere, sometimes in certain areas more than others – almost as though people in one state are more ‘organic’ than others but on the whole it is more of a blanket change than just a few people trying to eat in a healthier way, the amount of people eating organically is far more substantial than most realize. Suddenly people have more choice, and this is obviously because the demand is there. The world is finally going organic, and with any luck the bigger grocery store chains will have to meet this demand, rather than flood the market with low-cost chemically treated alternatives.
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