I hadn’t yet discovered my passion for healthy, natural food when I began to work at Whole Foods Market. But what started as an after-school job quickly turned into an obsession. The quality of produce and products (not to mention service) at ‘America’s Healthiest Supermarket’ was unparalleled to what I’d experienced before in conventional stores. With the wealth of knowledge that was my team and customers, plus an in-store library and massive selection of delicious and health-friendly groceries, I dove into my newfound love of extraordinary nutrition.
I began to realize that there was more to this healthy eating thing than one might initially think. My mother was battling bone cancer at the time, and I began to research ways in which a plant-based diet may be able to help her overcome the disease.
What I found through my research was, quite frankly, shocking. The cure for major diseases and society-wide illnesses has been in our food all along. But not just any food, of course – to experience the benefits of a healthy diet, you have to be eating the right foods.
The first lesson I learned is that plants are powerful, and animal products, when consumed, are mostly harmful. Take for example the simple fact that plants are full of fiber: an essential dietary requirement. On the other hand, animal products contain cholesterol (and not the good kind). For more information on this, check out The China Study.
Secondly, it’s important that the nutritional integrity of the plants you are eating has not been compromised. Take a look at the benefits of eating organic produce below:
How Does Organic Food Compare to Conventional?
- Fresher: without preservatives, there is a shorter delivery time from farm to table. This means a higher content of live enzymes and more benefits for your body!
- Better for the Environment: Organic farming is good for the environment, while conventional farming can be very harmful to it. Improvements in pollution, water conservation, soil erosion, soil fertility and energy efficiency can all be realized with organic farming practices.
- NO Harsh Chemicals: you will be exposed to fewer pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and insecticides when you eat organic foods, as these are not used in their cultivation.
- GMO-Free: consuming genetically engineered plant (and animal products) has yet to be proven safe for our health. Until is it, stick to organic products, which are naturally GMO-free!
- More Nutritious: in some cases, certain nutrients such as antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids were found to be more abundant in organic food products. Now you know!
- Free from Antibiotics, Growth Hormones, and Animal Byproducts: need I say more?
What’s your opinion on buying organic? Too expensive? Overrated? Or absolutely necessary?
One factor I like to keep in mind when buying organic produce is that every time I do this, I am increasing the demand for all-natural, simple, pure, nutritious food! And if we all begin to do that, eventually the prices of organic produce will drop; reversing the strange phenomenon we are experiencing right now (where Twinkies are cheaper than organic carrots). That is, I’d say, a cause worth fighting for. Or should I say worth eating for?
Sources:“Organic Foods: What You Need to Know.” Organic Foods: What You Need to Know: The Benefits and Basics of Organic Food and How to Keep It Affordable. Harvard Health Publications, n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2017.