10 ‘Best to Choose’ Organic Foods
- Grains and legumes
Organic grains and legumes have a lot of advantages when compered to its conventional form. Grain farming requires large amounts of pesticides, fungicides and herbicides.
Especially rice which grows in and outside of water and is therefore prone to many more diseases than for example wheat. The major problem with grains (as well as nuts) is that they are fumigated or gassed with toxins to a point that rodents will not want to eat them any longer. This poses a question, “If rodents don’t want to eat them, because it’s unsafe for them, why do we want to eat them? Fumigated grains are depleted of most nutrients and simply toxic.
An alternative- organic grains and legumes are not fumigated and are free of pesticides, and herbicides. You need to store them in airtight containers to prevent spoilage and rodents invasion.
Conventional flour products that are often bleached to achieve an attractive white color (breads/pastas). Certain toxic chemical (Alloxan) develops during the bleaching process and its traces are left in food. Interestingly, Alloxan is used in animal tests to induce diabetes in test animals for experimental purpose. Clearly, we want to stay away from foods that are contaminated with chemicals that can potentially induce diabetes. Organic wholegrain flours are safer. They are also fertile grains that sprout better when soaked. Organic grains and legumes are grown in nutrient rich and balanced soil, which produces healthy plants with higher nutritional value when compared to conventional produce.
Organic butter, as well as milk and its produce are produced from cows that are grass feed, live a chemical free and relativly stress free life. There is no post processing chemicals used. Fat has natural capacity of bonding with toxic elements, therefore animal source fats will carry toxins naturally, choosing any type of animal fat from organic source will insure that you decreased toxic elements, not knowingly increased it. Conventional butter can be colored with yellow food color.
Nuts are best bought organic, because all conventional nuts are gassed by law to prevent rodent’s invasion, gassing nuts results in decrease of almost all nutrients, other chemicals are added to increase their shelf life or prepare them for easier ‘cracking’. Unfortunately conventional nuts are too often oxidized or full of trans fatty acids, a type of fat that is proven to increase you chance of heart disease, it is important to remember than the naturally occurring omega 3 oils and vit E found in fresh unprocessed nuts prevent heart disease. We don’t want to swap those for trans fatty acids. Therefore only organic/biodynamic nuts, possibly still shelled should be purchased.
- 4/5 Fruits and vegetables
Some conventional fruits like strawberries or vegetables like cucumbers are known for extraordinary high levels of pesticides, and therefore its best to avoid them or buy them organic. All organic fruits and vegetables have a nutritional advantage over conventional ones due to the fact they are harvested when ripe that allows them to develop higher levels of nutrients especially vitamin C. Organic/ biodynamic fruit and vegetables have to fight disease themselves, which makes them a stronger/ healthier plant. Organic and biodynamic farmers consider conventional soil as ‘dead soils’ as crops without help of artificial chemicals would not grow/survive on such depleted soils. Conventional farmer can grow a crop up to three times a year and he does this for years, depleting the soil completely. Only with the help of agricultural chemicals can he regrow crops. Conventional farmers only add a few synthetic nutrients to the soil and wide ranges of soil nutrients are not present. Organic or biodynamic farming methods let the soil rest and practice crop rotation where different crops are grown every year which allows the soil to recover as different crops take nutrients from different soil levels.
Vegetables you should avoid are the ones growing underground such as potatoes as all the toxins on the plants will be eventually washed into the soil where they are absorbed by the crops growing underground. Waxing of fruit and vegetables is another issue although wax is considered as indigestible and therefore harmless it is never told that the flowing agents that liquefy wax are toxic and potentially end up in our food too.
Conventional vegetables when coming from overseas and interstate are always fumigated with toxic gases to eliminate any insect/rodents.
Long stargaze of especially supermarket produce is another issue considering that with every day of storage nutrients deteriorate. Long stored produce such as apples and citrus fruits are harvested unripe in the first case, which means nutrients are not at their peak. Once released to the market the fruits are treated with ripening gases and flavor enzymes to make them taste and look like ripe apples/citrus fruits.
It is worth mentioning that most pesticides are designed to attack the insect’s nervous system, they are nerve toxins. Overseas fruit and vegetable can be also irradiated to make them last longer.
The one vegetable that stands out to be definitely avoided is Chinese garlic that is grown with agricultural chemicals, which are illegal in most countries. Chinese garlic is also bleached, irradiated and fumigated.
Best organic Fruits and Vegetables:
- Snow peas
- Salad leafs
Modern beekeeping on large scale is a mass production which led to the introduction of the unnatural containment of swarms, artificial bee fertilisation, artificial bee breeding, antibiotics and chemicals are used to treat this unbalanced beehives system for disease. There are also ‘ready made’ honeycombs placed into the hives and bees are not allowed to build them naturally anymore.
Such production methods allow cheaper honeys where bees are often fed with sugar to increase the honey yield. Honeycombs are not left long enough to ripen inside the hives, therefore honey needs to be over heated/pasteurised which eliminates many of the honeys natural nutrients especially vitamins and enzymes. These kinds of honeys are sold as ‘real bee honey’ but they have not much in common with natural produced honeys and hardly convince in flavour, colour and aroma. Natural honeys are always a reflection of the plant nectar, pollen, altitude, season, weather and region, which explains the different colours, aroma and consistency. The best honey is obviously organic raw unfiltered honey as it is still in its most natural state and contains lots of pollen. This honeys is always crystallized which occurs naturally when fresh honey gets into contact with fresh air.
- Oil products
Oils unless organic and unrefined are a highly processed product that is over heated several times and treatments include hexane petroleum (the stuff dry cleaners use to get fat stains out of you cloth) bleach, caustic soda. Oils and fat products should also be bought wrapped in paper (butter) or glass bottles. If sold to you in plastic they may contain a range of plasticizer chemicals, which are known to leach to food when in contact with fat. Those are highly toxic, therefore always buy oils from glass containers.
Organic eggs come from ‘happy hens’ (better would be Biodynamic). Organic/ biodynamic eggs yolks contain healthier fats (which is due to their healthier diet). Organic and biodynamic eggs are fertile eggs, which means they would grow a chicken. Conventional eggs are not fertile. And hens are fed with poor quality foods that contain food colors to turn their egg yolk yellow. They food is highly processed and include GM grains and legumes and fish pellets therefore people who are allergic to fish can react allergic to eggs. Organic chickens are fed organic foods that are staple to their diet, they produce eggs that are higher in omega 3 fatty acids and have natural rich yellow color.
By choosing organic meats such as Chicken, Beef, Pork, you not only insure that you get meat that is free from growth promotants/ Growth hormones, antibiotics, medications, vaccines, and post processing chemicals, but most importantly you insure that you eat an animal that lived a relatively stress free life, had a chemical free all natural diet and it was killed in more human ways. We all know of animal cruelty that goes on in conventional meat industry- from the horrors of animal rearing, growing, feeding and cruel killing practices. Every time someone offers you grain fed beef be aware that this animal comes from a feedlot system and lived in hostile environments, feed on grain, a diet unnatural to them. Feedlot animals include today also lamb.
Eat sustainable and fresh that you can buy from trusted fishmongers on the fresh food markets. Most frozen fish or supermarket fish is treated with a wide range of food additives to make them last longer and improve their appearance.
You may never find out about those additives, as they are not labeled. Prawns (which are unsustainable) always contain E223, which is known to contribute to asthma attacks. Squid although a sustainable fish can be bleached and treated with tenderizing agents.
The ‘dirtiest’ fish to eat is definitely farmed salmon/ ocean trout. These fish are treated with antibiotics to keep them free of disease and the fatal seal lice. They are fed with food colors to turn their white flesh pink. Wild salmon gets its color from eating only the best the sea has to offer (krill, shrimps and small crustaceans)