Don't believe everything you read in the news!
The media recently covered a UK report about organic foods with the headline “Organic has no health benefits.” This is an example of the irresponsible journalism that abounds with regard to science in general and the food industry in particular. If you read the article, you will find that this headline in no way represents the information in the article.
-First, the studies only considered the “nutrition” of organically grown items and “did not look at the use of pesticides or the environmental impact of different farming practices.”
-Second, the report has been criticized by other scientists as needing “better research.”
-Third, only 55 studies of 162 were included. (What did the other 107 studies conclude?)
The problem is that many people will only read the headline and miss the real information in the article. Even if you accept the premise of the report, that organic foods are nutritionally the same as conventionally produced foods, there is the larger issue of pesticides, hormones and cruel and unsafe farming practices that motivate people to buy organic.
Spreading the inaccuracies around
To make matters worse, a number of pundits on the airwaves picked up the headline and ran with it, regaling their listeners with a diatribe against the concept of organically produced foods. These are the same people that look on so-called “global warming” as “junk science.” So, if we agree with the issue, it’s based on “real science,” and if we don’t agree, it’s “junk science?” We are better than that!
Eat and be healthy with my warmest regards,
Here is a list of ways that you can minimize the amount of pesticide residue in the foods you and your family eat.
-Buy foods that are certified organic, especially apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, grapes, lettuce, nectarines, peaches, pears, potatoes, spinach and strawberries.
-Buy produce at a local farmers’ market where you can inquire about pesticide use.
-When you buy produce in the grocery store, select a variety and avoid fruits and vegetables with cuts or holes.
-Start an organic garden, even a pot garden on your patio will help, and grow your own pesticide-free foods. (There are ways to control pests that don’t require chemicals.)
-Wash fruits and vegetables with a food-grade veggie wash, scrubbing less tender varieties with a vegetable brush. Even if you are going to peel it, wash it first to avoid contamination of the inner flesh.
-Peel fruits and vegetables when possible, but peel or scrape as thinly as possible to maintain the maximum nutrition you can. The downside of peeling foods with edible skins is that you lose nutrients such as fiber, vitamins and minerals.
-Discard the outer leaves of lettuce and other leafy vegetables where most of the residue would be found.
-Trim all of the visible fat from meats, since the residue will be concentrated in the fat of the animal.
-Avoid or limit consumption of liver, which, although high in nutrients, is also the chemical plant of the body where toxins are stored.
-Choose low-fat or fat free dairy products, since the fat is where the residue is mostly found.