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More of the good stuff

More of the good stuff

Everyone has heard reports from one source or another on the dangers of pesticide exposure. According to the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, a causative relationship has been established between low level pesticide exposure and Parkinson’s disease.

Another study warns that fruit and vegetable today have less nutritional value than those that were grown before modern farming methods became commonplace.

Many people tune out the reports of pesticides in food as you would background noise reasoning that pesticides are everywhere and can’t be avoided. Yet, if you are like most people you go to the grocery store or supermarket and carefully select fruits and vegetables, avoiding bruised spots and unattractive produce, you leave skins on fruits whenever you can for the nutritional value and try to eat five servings a day for the health benefits. But, at the end of the day this doesn’t get rid of the pesticides.  Many of the pesticides are deep within the fruit and veg, having been absorbed whilst they are growing.  One reasonably easy way to control exposure to unhealthy chemicals is to buy organic produce whenever you can.

Here is a list of the top 10 most pesticide laden fruit and veg. At the very least buy these organic:

1. peaches

2. apples

3. peppers

4. celery

5. nectarines

6. strawberries

7. cherries

8. kale

9. lettuce

10. grapes

Add to this organic milk & eggs and you’ll be well on the way to avoiding the bad stuff.

While milk is a natural product, all the antibiotics and hormones that go into high-yield cows most certainly aren’t. Organic milk has higher levels of vitamin E, omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants.

Though they are a terrific source of protein, most eggs are produced using a range of antibiotics and hormones on the chickens that bear them. Given this, the health gains of eating organic eggs are similar to those of drinking organic milk. Essentially, organic eggs mean fewer hormones in the chicken and fewer foreign hormones (or chemicals acting as hormones) in your body.  Plus standards of animal welfare for organically certified chickens and cows are far superior.

Eating with the seasons means getting the freshest (and most local) organic produce.  At Field Fayre – The Organic Store, we have produced a Seasonality Calendar for Fruit and Veg to help you choose and plan what to eat when.  It shows what a wonderful variety of organic fruit and veg we can all enjoy throughout the year – eating with the seasons, not against them.  Pop in to the store for your free copy (great to hang on the fridge to help plan your weekly shop!) or send us an email and we’ll forward you a copy.

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