As a Nutrition and Health Coach, I am often asked if buying organic produce is “healthier” than conventionally grown produce. There is no debate that consuming fruits and vegetables, organic or conventionally grown, is paramount to good health. However, your food choices have a lasting effect on you and shape your eating habits.
For many consumers, “organic” means healthy and expensive. Organic foods are produced without the use of most synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, added growth hormones, ionizing radiation, or genetic modification. They have stricter guidelines concerning the amount of natural contaminants allowed for safe consumption.
Each year, The Environmental Working Group (EWG.org), a non-profit organization, puts together a shopper’s guide to pesticides in produce. It’s called The DIRTY 12 and CLEAN 15 list. The DIRTY 12 ranks fruit and vegetables highest in pesticide residues. What tops the list this year is strawberries. The Clean 15 is a list that has the lowest level of pesticides. The guide helps you to make informed choices to lower your dietary pesticide load. To learn more on their findings, visit https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/strawberries.php
Becoming an informed consumer empowers you to make good choices about the food you buy. A good place to start is by shopping at your local farmers markets. Talk to the farmers that grow the food to learn about their farming practices. The food your buy there is seasonal and picked at the peak of freshness. Now that’s a recipe for good health.
Susan Chasen is a Nutrition & Health Coach and the founder of The Organic Teaching Kitchen. She offers cooking and nutrition workshops to kids, teens and adults. Susan sees clients privately and in small groups.
Susan offers on-site Work Place Wellness programs which enable employers to invest in the health, vitality, and happiness of their employees. Susan’s School Place Nutrition Program goes into schools with interactive cooking to inspire kids (and teachers) to explore new foods.
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The Organic Teaching Kitchen is located at 18 Old Post Rd. South. Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Check out her monthly group workshop schedule at http://www.theorganicteachingkitchen.com or contact her at [email protected]