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Go Organic! In pursuit of a Healthier Lifestyle

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‘Going organic’ is the buzzword lately. If you’ve already joined the bandwagon, or plan to do so, we would like to commend you for more than one reason; first, it's a good chance that you won't get any healthier options than organics, and second, you’re contributing to saving the environment. For those who think organics is for health nuts only, think again; they’re for all the right players of the game!

We live in a world that’s losing intimacy with nature. Our food is not natural as it used to be, so is the case with our environment. You’re bombarded with processed foods; some of them contain genetically modified organisms. Our crops are sprayed with pesticides and herbicides. Your favorite soy and corn top the list of GMO foods. And, how about those hormone fattened chickens? President Obama and his top experts say…“cancers caused by the environment are grossly underestimated…” Does that make the organics option a bit more inviting?

We interviewed Ingrid Alvarez Desai and Kimberly Silver from New Healthy Attitude to get their perspective on going organic, and this is what they had to say, “You might not notice now, but after years of eating this way, you’ll look back and wish you paid 50 cents more for the organic apples. For those of you skeptics who say, ‘something’s gonna kill us anyway…’ – we say, do you really want it to be from your food? So start caring about organics, it’s one of the most important things you can do for your health.” That’s definitely about bringing a healthier twist to your life. These ladies are Certified Holistic Health Coaches in New York, specializing in nutrition.

They wholeheartedly advise us to keep the junk out of our bodies by eating organic. That means no synthetic pesticides, no herbicides, no hormones, no chemicals, no preservatives and no genetically modified organisms.

According to FDA data analyzed by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group, the following fruits and veggies tend to contain the highest levels of pesticide residue: Peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, imported grapes, spinach, lettuce and potatoes. The following ones have the least pesticide residues: avocadoes, frozen sweet corn, pineapples, mangoes, asparagus, frozen peas, bananas, cabbage, broccoli and papayas. So, to be safe, opt for the organic options when you go to buy your fruits and vegetables.

And, you may also pick whole wheat pita pockets over your potato chips and fries next time, and make sure they are all organic. We would also like to recommend that you go for the yummy organic dark chocolate. Believe us, it’s delicious like all organic foods!

When you go to any major supermarket in the country, you'll surely witness the increased sale of organic products. The cloud of polluted food has a broad silver lining. Kudos to the organic movement!

What’s actually ‘organic’?

The organic movement also aims to decrease the level of agricultural chemicals in the environment, especially in groundwater. Many farmers use pesticides and low-grade synthetic fertilizers that contaminate groundwater, making the water undrinkable. Researches show that organic farming is the best option to curb soil and water pollution. Ready to go organic? Virtue is its own reward, but you'll also gain the extra bonus of good health!

By Hetal Modi (with insights from Ingrid Alvarez Desai and Kimberly Silver)
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