Organic Food Nutrition
May 27th, 2014 by

Organic Food Nutrition

 

As Americans become more and more savvy about natural ways to boost health and wellness, the organic food industry is enjoying unprecedented growth.

 

According to the Organic Farming Research Foundation there are more than 11,000 certified organic producers in the U.S. today compared to 2500 in 1999. 

 

About 70 percent of Americans buy organic food occasionally and nearly one quarter buy it every week, according to a recent survey conducted by the Hartman Group. 

 

While some buy organic to support its environmentally friendly practices, most are trying to cut their exposure to chemicals in the foods they eat.

 

Studies have linked pesticides in our food to a host of health problems including headaches, miscarriage, birth defects, nervous system disorders and asthma.

 

According to the National Academy of Sciences, chemical pesticides have the potential to cause an additional 1.4 million cases of cancer in this generation of Americans.

 

Who knows how much that will cost in tears and suffering, notwithstanding the potential bill to the nation's taxpayers under Obamacare?

 

Organic Nutritional Advantages

 A study conducted at Rutgers University concluded that, on average, organically grown foods have an 87 percent higher concentration of magnesium, potassium, iron and copper. Organic tomatoes were found to yield 500 percent more calcium than conventionally produced tomatoes.

 

To classify a food as organic, it must have been grown without the use of harmful synthetic chemical pesticides and fertilizers and must be produced on a farmland that has been free of such chemicals for at least three years.

 

Feeding the soil with organic matter instead of ammonia and other synthetic fertilizers has been proven to increase the nutrients in produce, resulting in foods with higher levels of vitamins and minerals.

 

 

Higher Costs Explained

 Organic foods generally cost more but they can be well worth the extra money, considering the higher nutritional values they deliver.

 

Another cost factor: Organic farmers don't receive federal subsidies like traditional farmers; therefore, the price of organic food reflects the true costs of growing and delivering.

 

Organic farms also tend to be smaller and more labor intensive. (Bear in mind that the price of conventional food does not reflect the cost of environmental cleanups that we pay for through our tax dollars.)

 

 

Tasting the Organic Difference

 Locally grown organic food is said to be superior in terms of taste and freshness by enthusiastically loyal consumers who disdain the commercially grown crops in the markets.

 

Considering that most U.S. grown produce is picked up four to seven days before being placed on supermarket shelves, and is shipped from an average distance of 1500 miles before being sold, certainly the quality of taste can suffer.

 

And since much of the produce available in supermarket chains is imported from Mexico, Asia, Canada, South America and other countries, the time from harvest to market is greatly extended even longer, costing nutritional value as well as taste.

 

 

The Bigger Cause

 In addition to providing superior nutritional benefits to humans, organic foods are also better for the health of Mother Nature. 

 

Organic foods promote sustainability by establishing an ecological balance to prevent problems with soil fertility such as those prevalent in most soil used by mega farms.

 

Additionally, from a long term perspective, organic farms actually conserve energy and further protect the environment by maintaining ecological harmony in a truly local sense of the word.

 

 

Support Your Local Grower

 You are encouraged to do some research to find out where you can find locally grown produce in your area. It makes good table sense to eat seasonably and by doing so, supporting your local organic farmers market on a year-round basis. 

 

Buying from your local farmers market, produce or fruit stand also has the added benefit of contributing much-needed dollars to the local economy, as well as providing you and your family an opportunity to make new friends.

 

While today's down economy is putting a damper on organic food sales growth, it only serves us better to know that local farmers markets and independent growers provide us with a thrifty and healthy alternative to the commercial organics currently sold in supermarkets.

 

And considering the fact these fresh local products can cost you so much less, you best be putting local organic farmers and growers on your grocery to-do list today!

 

David Flores is a natural health researcher for Institute for Vibrant Living, a leading source for all-natural supplements, vitamins, and minerals for many health and nutrition challenges.  To learn more about the products offered by the Institute for Vibrant Living visit http://www.ivlproducts.com

 

If you found this helpful you might like to visit http://www.theivl.org where you'll find more free healthy living articles to help improve your health today.

 

La conférence qui va changer votre point de vue sur l'alimentation, et son impact profond sur la vie quotidienne. L'alimentation a-t-elle un effet sur le cer...
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Find More Nutrition Articles

Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

Vegetarian Paleo Diet
Apr 12th, 2014 by

Vegetarian Paleo Diet

So you are a vegetarian and yet you are so intrigued with this Paleo diet, can you observe then a vegetarian paleo diet still? Vegetarian paleo diet is good for people who want to join the Paleo parade without eating a piece of meat at all.

Vegetarian paleo diet may seem ludicrous to those who think that paleo diet consists mostly of meat. Paleo diet is everywhere --- and now vegetarian paleo diet is making a statement as well.

Our body needs to eat in order for us to survive --- and everybody also includes the non-eating meat people of this world. So why not create a vegetarian paleo diet plan to suit their lifestyle and beliefs?

Our bodies all over the centuries have been adapting to our environment in order to survive.  Vegetarian paleo diet is here to welcome more followers that this diet does not mean to impose, but to accommodate and help everyone achieve a healthy body and lifestyle.

And since paleo diet mainly consists of proteins from animals and not from legumes and beans, then this may seem to be a problem for vegetarians and vegans alike who love to eat their salads with tofu and bean sprouts.

Here are the options for vegetarians then:

You must eat a lot of eggs – so yes, this option is not for strict vegans. So you could eat as much as a dozen of eggs a day to be able to get enough protein and become a legitimate Paleo follower.

You must eat grain-like seeds in your foods for you to fit in the Paleo dieter profile.

For the vegetarian paleo diet, to allow soaked and sprouted legumes and beans for the vegetarians’ sake is an order. So yes, you can still enjoy your meal of baked beans still, my friend…no need to worry.

The vegetarian version of this scavenger diet is mainly compose of fruits, berries, nuts, seeds and of course, vegetables still (only that they cannot eat potatoes). And the nuts that should be eaten must not have any sugar or salt in them.
 

Vegetarian paleo diet will help fight diseases such as heart attack and will help prevent stroke. This vegetarian paleo diet also helps fight cancer and diabetes. And with the combination of going vegetarian and paleo, the health benefits it could bring to a person is priceless and everlasting.

Some people are having confused thought about eating meat and being healthy and not eating meat and being compassionate to animals. So the issue always lies between those two dilemmas.

If your aim is to become a healthy person, then you really need meat in your diet, right? But then you can always respect the beliefs and the faith of those who value the lives of animals.

Paleo diet does not in any way challenge the meatless people because the reason of incorporating vegetarian paleo diet in their book would be defeated, right?

So go and practice being compassionate while maintaining your strength, energy and healthy body on the side --- eat only the paleo foods that are vegetarian!

 

 

CaSandra Poulos offers a free email mini course, "Nourish Your Inner Caveman" at her website:  Nourish Your Inner Caveman

Find More Diet Articles

Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

SIDEBAR
»
S
I
D
E
B
A
R
«
»  Dieting-help.com | Privacy Policy | Disclosure Policy | Substance:WordPress   »  Style:Ahren Ahimsa