So, you’ve made the leap. You’ve purchased a re-useable shopping bag, may or may have not caught yourself scowling at someone who mentioned their love of canned tomatoes, and are now searching the World Wide Web, reading blogs about this very thing. You’ve gone organic. Whether you’re new to the organic scene, or feel that your pioneering efforts alone have been the reason for the organic culture shift that’s currently taking place, discovering new organic foods and reading about them is always exciting. So, in honor of all of those who help the Earth and their personal health by being willing and able to spend a little more time and money on their groceries, here’s a list of what I believe are some of the best organic foods.
1. Natural meat. Okay, so this one shouldn’t be a surprise to any of you. There are so many benefits to eating natural and organic meat instead of the conventionally raised and processed meat that takes up a majority of most grocery store meat aisles. Knowing that your meat hasn’t come from an animal that was pumped full of antibiotics and hormones is reason enough. Purchasing meat from local farms (whether through a grocery store that supplies them, or through the farm itself if possible) is even better, because you know exactly where your food came from, and how it was processed. If you’re new to purchasing organic and natural meats, this time of year is a perfect time to start by preparing a natural turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.
2. Strawberries, peaches, potatoes, and apples. Actually, I could add plenty more to this list, but these are a few of the fruits and vegetables that have been found to have the highest amount of pesticide residue on them. Buying these organic is a much healthier route to go, and will drastically limit the amount of potential pesticides you’re exposed to, especially if you already eat these items often.
3. Popcorn. It’s one of my favorite things to eat, and I have had my share of microwave popcorn over the years. True, microwave popcorn is convenient, but studies have shown that the lining in the popcorn bag is potentially linked to some types of cancer. There have even been extremely successful lawsuits filed against companies that make microwave popcorn by people who have suffered illnesses due to their consumption of it. So, if you’d rather not get diagnosed with what’s being referred to as “popcorn lung,” I’d recommend getting a Whirly Pop or an air popper to pop your popcorn. Try saying that five times fast. Even typing it was difficult.
There you have it. It may be a small list, but it’s a great place to start if you’re just beginning to make the shift to a more organic and natural diet. I can take organic energy chews. So take that re-usable shopping bag, get out the door, and get going towards a better and healthier you.