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What is Organic? Part C

“Organic” refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. Specific requirements must be met and maintained in order for products to be labeled as “organic”.

Organic foods provide a variety of benefits. Some studies show that organic foods have more beneficial nutrients, such as antioxidants, According to most health experts, consuming fruits and vegetables with a small amount of pesticides poses a very small health risk. Also, large-scale studies suggest the residues are not likely to be an important risk factor for cancer, especially because of the known health benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables, regardless of how they are grown.
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Organic crops must be grown in safe soil, have no modifications, and must remain separate from conventional products. Farmers are not allowed to use synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes (GMOs), petroleum-based fertilizers, and sewage sludge-based fertilizers.

Organic food is often fresher. Fresh food tastes better. Organic food is usually fresher when eaten because it doesn’t contain preservatives that make it last longer. Organic produce is often (but not always, so watch where it is from) produced on smaller farms near where it is sold.
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Organic farming is better for the environment. Organic farming practices reduce pollution (air, water, soil), conserve water, reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility, and use less energy. In addition, organic farming is better for birds and small animals as chemical pesticides can make it harder for creatures to reproduce and can even kill them. Farming without pesticides is also better for the people who harvest our food.

what do the labels mean?

-100% Organic means all ingredients (except water and salt) and foods are completely organic and GMO-free.

-Certified Organic or USDA Certified Organic means 95% of the ingredients are organic and usually GMO-free.

-Made with Organic means up to (did you catch that? “up to”) 70% of the ingredients are organic and not usually GMO-free.

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Author: Kira 

What are Free-Radicals?

Before we can stop and discuss the topic of antioxidants, we should first discuss why we need antioxidants. The answer is that every single individual body can attract free-radicals and they are not what you want to attract!

Let’s start with the basics. No one likes the idea of aging or feeling unwell, but free radicals can be the culprit that causes both of these conditions by how they work.

 

Free radicals cause oxidation and interact chemically with other cells that cause breakdown, damage, or alteration of the cell material, which is one of the causes of the signs of aging and even illness. They particularly like the cells of organic material, including our bodies, and exist to attach themselves to this type of material. To make it sound a little less scientific, think of how a sliced apple shrivels and turns brown. This is an example of free radicals in action, working on the cells of the apple.

 

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Free radicals are dangerous molecules that can accumulate in your body and cause serious health problems… like cancer.

 

Free radical is the name given to chemicals within the body that contain an unpaired electron. Free radicals are the product of normal chemical reactions during respiration and exercise, and have important functions in the immune system. However, their unpaired electron causes them to be highly reactive, a property which enables them to damage cells and DNA (and tends to give them a bad reputation). The body also uses antioxidants, compounds that make sure there aren’t too many free radicals in the body at once. The balance of free radicals and antioxidants is an important behind-the-scenes health defense mechanism.

 

Author: Guest Blogger

 

What is non-GMO, foods?

An increasing amount of Non-GMO products are appearing at local grocery stores and supermarkets. What are the benefit of buying Non-GMO? What even is a GMO? Here are 5 things that you need to know about GMOs and how they affect your life.

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  1. What is a GMO?

 

The term GMO stands for “Genetically Modified Organisms” where plants and animals are created through genetic engineering (GE). It is a laboratory based technique where a foreign gene is merged into the DNA of a plant or animal, creating an effect that cannot occur in nature or in traditional cross breeding. GE’s main goal is to create GMO crops that are resistant to pesticides or produce insecticides. GMO crops allow farmers to kill weeds and pesky insects without damaging the crops themselves. It is said that the use of GMOs will also increase crop yields, lower costs to farmers, reduce farmer’s use of herbicides, enhance nutrient composition and food quality, and increase maturation growth of animals.

 

  1. What are the effects of GMO’s to our foods?

 

Studies have shown that although genetically modified (GM) foods are expected to increase crop yields, they have not done so yet. Instead, there have been cases of poor crop performance. In addition, GMO’s alter the nutritional content of our foods.

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  1. What are the effects of GMO’s to the body?

 

Injecting genes into a seed’s DNA is a gamble and unstable because scientists are unable to predict its consequences. For this reason, the effects of GMO’s on the human body are unknown. The little research done on their long-term effects imply that they may cause toxic and allergenic effects, infertility, altered metabolisms, inflammation and kidney and liver malfunction.

 

  1. What are Top GMO rich foods?
  2. 4 Tips for eating Non-GMO

Soy
Corn
Apple
Beet
Rice
Potatoes
Canola Oil and Cottonseed Oil
Dairy Products
Sugar and Aspartame (Sugar Substitute)
Tomatoes
Zucchini
Yellow Squash
Papaya



Go Organic! The USDA certifies that organic foods are not in any way bioengineered in the process of producing food. Although organic is not always failsafe because GMO’s can some how slip into the mix even if the farmer follows the Organic Certification Process; however, it’s currently the best and easiest way to make sure foods are GMO free.

Be conscious of the aforementioned GMO rich foods. Buy organic, or simply avoid certain products by substituting them for safer items that are less likely to harbor GMOs.

 

Read Labels. Look for the USDA Organic or Non-GMO Project certified logo on your grocery products.

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Be aware of a product’s ingredients. GMO’s can hide in the ingredients list of items in your grocery cart. Avoid ingredients such as: Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products.

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Author: Guest Blogger