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Five easy steps to choosing safe foods

Friday, October 04, 2013 by: Sandeep Godiyal
Tags: safe foods, organic produce, clean meats

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(NaturalNews) People prefer organic foods for varying reasons, such as quality and price, and because they are known to be healthy. In the United States, organic foods are cultivated and gathered without using artificial fertilizers, synthetic pesticides, antibiotics, growth hormones and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Currently, consumers are constantly reminded that it is safer and healthier to consume organic products and meats. They are less processed, hence they contain lesser amounts of preservatives. Local farmers grow organic foods using non-artificial or natural pesticides only.

Choosing safe foods with five easy steps:

  • Purchase local and seasonal fruits and vegetables

The closer in proximity you are to the food source, the lower the risk is for contamination. It is essential to know directly where the food you serve your family comes from. Farmers who organize community-supported agriculture programs (CSAs) sell in farmers' markets. They will openly respond to consumers' queries about what they use to spray and how often they do this. Bottom line, they use less chemicals and minimize the amount of natural pesticides on their crops. If you are aware of where your food is sourced and who grows it, you can learn more about that produce.
  • Grow your own foods

This does not mean having an entire plantation to plant crops. If your property is not big enough to have a backyard or lawn to grow your own vegetable garden, you can always use pots and place them on the porch or use window planters. Growing your own food is not complicated and is fail-safe, and you can be certain of the quality. In this way, you have an absolute choice to grow what you prefer to bring into your kitchen. Anyway, there are alternative ways that are safer than using synthetic pesticides. The best time to plant vegetables like cabbage, kale and broccoli is during the latter part of August, while garlic is best to grow in October.
Healthier diet may comprise of some portions of clean meat with plenty of vegetables. People are willing to pay higher for organic, free-range or pastured meats in the market. The best sources for meats with no additives, hormones or preservatives are local organic meat growers and some meat lockers. They can sell meat products at lower prices than in the supermarket. Food consumers should know that animals grown in pastures provide the most nutritious types of meat. They are healthy and contain higher levels of essential fatty acids. Research studies have proven that animals like cows that are grass-fed have a better fat profile than animals raised inside cramped industrial spaces.
  • Buy organic fruits and vegetables

Consumers can extensively lessen their ingestion of synthetic pesticide and fertilizer deposits by opting for organic products. According to a recent survey, non-organic products with the highest levels of pesticide residues include celery, strawberries, apples, blueberries, grapes, peaches or nectarines, potatoes, bell peppers, kale, collard greens and cabbage.
  • There are traditionally grown crops that are also safe to purchase

The majority of them have skins that protect them from sprayed chemicals. Some are innately resistant to pests, so they do not require too much pesticide spraying. These include corn, cabbage, eggplant, onion, watermelon, banana, avocado, pineapple, mushroom, peas, sweet potato, cantaloupe, asparagus, mango, grape and kiwi.

Bear this list in mind to make better and healthier choices in selecting safe foods for you and your family. People ought to be reminded that numerous pathogens accumulate in the tissues that are not immediately eliminated. This places the physical and mental wellbeing of the body at risk as a person puts on more pathogenic load. Consumption of safe and healthy foods and plenty of fluids for a balanced diet, along with exercise, can help maintain a healthy body.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.eatright.org

http://www.shvoong.com

http://zestycook.com

About the author:
Sandeep is an mountain climber, runner, and fitness coach. He shares his tips for staying in shape and eating healthy on quickeasyfit.

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