You’ve probably heard there are benefits to eating organic, but if you’re like most people, you may still be a tad confused about the whole “organic” overpriced thing that people just have to do or its not good enough. When I was in Jerusalem, I couldn’t resist the outdoor markets!! I included a few pictures here as the plumpness and the colors of the vegetibles and fruits were amazing.
Perhaps you’ve wondered, “What makes something ‘organic,’ and why is it better than the regular stuff?” Is it where it’s grown or just how its grown?? Or maybe, "What makes organic produce so darned expensive? Is there any way to enjoy it without burning a hole in my wallet?”
For a food to be certified organic, it must meet certain USDA criteria. For vegetables and fruits, this means the produce must be grown without using most conventional pesticides, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge, bioengineering, or ionizing radiation.
The benefits of eating organic—particularly produce—are that produce grown under organic standards have been shown to provide significantly greater amounts of powerful compounds called phytochemicals direct to website (i.e., plant chemicals)—which have potent pain reduction, fat-fighting, age-defying, antioxidant properties—while reducing exposure to potentially harmful pesticide residues, heavy metals, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
In other words, you get a lot more of the good stuff and less of the potentially harmful stuff—pretty much a great trade-off any way you look at it.
As far as cost is concerned, if you’re buying organic produce at a typical supermarket, then yes, you will generally pay considerably more than the conventional versions of these same fruits and veggies. The same is true for the in the City Farmers Market’s. So, just drive a little bit outside town and enjoy the ride while you find great value and taste for prices comparable to regular veggies at the store!!
Eating Organic helps turn your body back on which will help you enjoy the costly choice to enjoy eating organic. With better sleep, less anxiety and a happier disposition of course your body is going to process good food better!