The Benefits of Eating Organic Foods

by JL Lewis on August 9, 2010

Organic Foods

Organic Fruits and Vegetables in a StoreOrganic fruits and vegetables are grown in a way that limits the amount of synthetic materials used during production. Pesticides and herbicides were not introduced until the 20th century, so for a large majority of history all foods were organic. In the past 100 years or so, there has been a significant increase in pesticide and herbicide use, especially in the production of food. The way these chemicals affect the human body is not totally known. It is known that these chemicals accumulate in the body’s tissues. In general, the human body sustains immunity and people feel better when they eat food that is grown as naturally as possible, without the use of synthetically derived materials.

Today organic food may be difficult to find or is more expensive than conventionally produced food. There are certain foods that consistently contain less pesticide residues than others, and these are known as the “Clean 15.”

The “Clean 15” – (Lowest in Pesticides)

  1. Onions
  2. Avocado
  3. Sweet Corn
  4. Pineapple
  5. Mangos
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Kiwi
  9. Cabbage
  10. Eggplant
  11. Cantaloupe
  12. Watermelon
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Sweet Potato
  15. Honeydew Melon

Likewise, there are foods that consistently contain higher amounts of pesticide residue, and these are known as the “Dirty Dozen.”

The “Dirty Dozen” – (Buy these Organic)

  1. Celery
  2. Peaches
  3. Strawberries
  4. Apples
  5. Blueberries
  6. Nectarines
  7. Bell Peppers
  8. Spinach
  9. Kale
  10. Cherries
  11. Potatoes
  12. Grapes (Imported)
Benefits to Buying Organic:

In addition to health benefits, organic farming is much safer and healthier for the environment since the soil is not depleted of essential nutrients, and because it does not contribute toxic runoff as their conventional counterparts do. Toxic runoff damages not only surrounding eco-systems, but those downstream as well, causing huge and damaging algal blooms at the mouths of our rivers. Organic agriculture relies on non-chemical ways of maintaining soil fertility, managing pests and controlling weeds, thus eliminating the need for synthetic fertilizers and toxic pesticides.

Try it out for yourself! Make your next on-course snack an organic one. See if you are able to tell a difference in the way the food tastes or the way you feel.

Visit www.foodnews.org for more information and to get a copy of their free guide “Pesticides in Produce.”

Are you interested in other health-related articles? Visit the J.L. Lewis Team Articles section of of JLLewisGolf.com to read more articles on golf exercise and nutrition!

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Rizki March 31, 2012 at 11:37 am

I’ve been eating orlgnicaaly for 2+ years now and I can tell you that yes, the food tastes better, remarkably so. Just a few examples from my diet. Before going organic’ I had had to give up pizza, really anything with tomato sauce. I could not eat bananas, milk or ice cream, just to name a few things. I would get heart burn, indigestion, etc. After going organic(natural) we both can enjoy pizza again! It’s great. I’m eating organic bananas, no problems! We get raw milk so no more problems there, and can make our own ice cream, delicious! Chocolate tastes better, the cereal and breads have a more robust flavor.Now, we are sticklers and label readers, you have to be, there are many companies out there that are unscrupulous. I DO NOT buy anything organic’ in a can. They have to be kidding me!! I generally do not purchase food from publicly traded companies. (Meaning the brand name stuff) I stick with the little producers, and usually local. We also make many items folks buy in stores. Jams, jelly, cookies, peanut butter, butter all can be made at home.One other great thing about eating orlgnicaaly, you’re actually getting the nutrition your body needs out of the food(whole foods) so you eat less! What a great plus.Again, folks have to be careful, especially shopping at the Kroger, Farmer Jacks, where ever be selective, read labels, ask questions. Right now 60% of the food at the grocery store contains GMO’s. The American people need to do what you’re doing, study what you eat. Investigate. You’ll be glad you did.

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