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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.

 

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Child Nutrition Books
May 7th, 2014 by

Child Nutrition Books

There are many child nutrition books out in the market today. Parents who want to provide healthy food and make sure that their children are getting proper nutrition are a very susceptible market for books like these. While many books provide good information, it usually isn't as complicated as many of the book covers and teasers lead a consumer to believe. Parents end up spending a lot of money for some pretty basic information.

When purchasing child nutrition books, try to get books that address your questions. Sometimes books go in depth into good, but unnecessary information for the typical parent. For example, some books discuss healthy eating and how it helps your children's immune system, and then write chapters and chapters about child diseases, even rare diseases. While it's good to know about illnesses, you may not have gotten your money's worth in terms of the information you wanted.

Get child nutrition books that present their content as matter of fact, and make sure the price of the book is practical for your budget. You don't want to spend too much on books and not have anything else for healthy food, right? So stick to a book that presents the basics. One that is easy to read is also advisable, as you don't want to get too caught up in technical terms.

A good child nutrition book should make you really understand what healthy eating is, and not just tell you what it is you should eat. While giving recommendations or food suggestions are definitely good bonuses, after reading the book you should be able to know what would make a healthy and balanced meal for your child. If you encounter a book that says it presents the children's food pyramid inside, you're very likely to have a section of that book that discusses the ins and outs of healthy eating and how to follow the pyramid.

Good child nutrition books point you in the right direction of healthy eating, and they should help you understand your children.

Healthy eating can change depending on age and developmental stages, and a good book should be able to help you understand this aspect as well. It should also discuss the challenges and health issues some children face, and how to prevent these issues from arising.

Finally, do your own research on child nutrition books. Read book reviews or ask friends who have the book if they can leaf through it first. That way you will know if it is really something worth spending money on!

Need a good child nutrition book? Look no further than this link! Here's a website that can teach you all you need to know about child nutrition!

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