Is Organic Food Really Better?

Every day  organic   food  is becoming more and more popular… but why is this? It probably has a lot to do with the media constantly feeding us with news of cows being plumped up to produce more milk, which in turn makes them sick, and then they are treated with antibiotics which inevitably is present in the milk that we pick up from the local grocery store. We also hear about chickens where the coops are so small that they barely have room to stand and again are fed antibiotics which are present in the eggs that we eat, so from a health perspective as well as a humane perspective, a lot of us are increasingly jumping on the ‘ organic  train’. Some people also tend to claim that  organic   foods  also taste better than ordinary food… so is all of this true? Is it really healthier? Is it really tastier?

First of all – What is  organic   food ? According to the Environmental Protection Agency (RPA), ‘ organic  foods  are defined as foods which are not treated with any pesticides, sewage sludge, ionizing radiation or bioengineering. However,  food  manufacturers can use pesticides in  organic   foods  if they are derived from a natural source… Don’t confuse it with terms such as ‘hormone-free’ or ‘natural’ as these food labelling terms are not regulated by law. The US department of Agriculture (USDA) has created an  organic  seal and  foods  bearing the seal need to be harvested, grown and processed according to national standards that include restrictions on amounts of hormones, pesticide residue and antibiotics. The statements used to define ‘ organic ‘ from the regulation authorities are, in my opinion, a bit long winded and ambiguous, so a good basic definition of the term is that it is  food  which should be grown without genetic modification and should not contain any synthetic pesticides or artificial additives.

So let’s talk about pesticides and fertilizer… one of the biggest misconceptions of  organic  farming is that they do not use fertilizer, herbicides or pesticides. This is not the case and even  organic   foods  have some form of fertilizer and pesticides on it. Fertilizer is essentially a chemical nutrient and the  organic  version of fertilizer delivers exactly the same chemical load as the synthetic. Plant fertilizers consist of the same three elements: nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium and these three elements are used both in  organic  and ordinary farming.

Measuring fertilizer and pesticide levels is all well and good, but is  organic  REALLY healthier? The Quality Low Input Food (QLIF) organisation conducted a five year study on this topic and concluded that food grown organically generally has a higher level of nutrients contained within it, to food grown in a conventional manner. Also they found that  organic   foods  contain less ‘bad’ levels of pesticides but the QLIF realise that more studies need to be conducted before any conclusive evidence can be found. They concluded that ‘further and more detailed studies are required to provide proof for positive health impacts of the  organic  diets on human and animal health’.

However, in complete contrast to this, a study conducted in 2007 by Newcastle University in the UK reported that  organic  produce had up to 40 percent higher levels of some nutrients (Vitamin C, Iron and Zinc), than conventional  foods  do. In addition to this, a study was conducted in 2003 by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that organically grown corn and berries contained 58 percent more antioxidants which are known to help prevent heart disease, with up to 52 percent higher levels of Vitamin C than those that are conventionally grown.

People who buy  organic  are for the most part seeking assurance that  food  production is healthier, safer, purer and more natural. It should also has less impact on the plants or animals that are being reared organically. But are  organic   foods  really worth the expense? Is it really better to go  organic ? Marian Nestle PHD, a Professor from New York University states ‘ If you can afford them, buy them.’ She goes on to say ‘it really is a personal choice but how can anyone that substances such as pesticides, capable of killing insects, can be good for you?’ In contrast to this Keecha Harris, spokeswoman of the American Diabetic Association states that there is little to no evidence that  organic   foods  are superior to traditional foods. She goes on to say that  food  does not have to be  organic  to be safe and environmentally friendly and recommends that people focus on eating  food  close to where they live, rather than whether it was organically farmed or not. Ms Harris states that  food  may be  organic  but if it has been trekked over from half way across the world, it leaves a much bigger carbon footprint, whereas if people buy  foods  from the local farmers market, whether it is  organic  or not, it will be farm fresh, thereby having a lot less impact on the environment at large.

So what does all this tell us? Well it tell me that not even the so called ‘experts’ can agree on whether or not to go  organic . One thing they do seem to agree on though is whether you buy organically, locally or conventionally, it is important to have lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Many people just simply can’t afford to buy all  organic   foods  so what is important is to have a healthy diet packed with fruits and vegetables, always remember to thoroughly wash your fruits and veggies before using them as this will also help get off any residue of pesticides or fertilizers, but overall… the health benefits of eating healthy foods generally outweigh the pesticide negatives.

Happy Eating People!!



What Does an Organic Food Label Really Mean?

In my previous article, “ Organic , What Does It Really Mean?”, I discussed the definition of  organic   foods  and the requirements for certifying a  food  as  organic . You see many labels on  food  items, but, in the case of an  organic  label on a product, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) strictly regulates the use of the term  organic  relating to the sale of  food  products.

The USDA has developed the regulations for labeling an  organic  product based on the percent of  organic  ingredients in the product. Here are the definitions of the  organic  label.

 Organic : Usually single ingredient  foods , such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and milk produced conforming to the standards. If the product has multiple ingredients, 95% to 100% of the ingredients must be  organic . The 100%  organic  label means that 100% of ingredients in the product were organically produced. If water and salt are added, that is not part of the count for products.

Made with  Organic : If a product contains 70% to 95% organically produced ingredients, it can carry a “Made with  Organic ” statement on the front of the package.

Less than 70%  Organic  Products: If a product contains less that 70% of organically produced ingredients, the manufacturer can state this only on the back panel of the product.

If you are in the produce section and are not sure if an item is  organic , check the PLU (product look up code) stickers on the fruits and vegetables.

  •  Organic  products have a five digit PLU starting with the number 9.
  • Conventional product have only a 4 digit PLU.
  • Genetically modified products begin with an 8.

In the next article, I will discuss understanding other food labels relating to their methods of food production.



Does Your Dog Need Organic Food For Dogs?

As a human, I want all my foods to be as organic as possible. Therefore, it only makes sense that I would want to purchase organic food for my dogs as well. Generally, the meals you eat are also suitable for your pets. However, an animal diet consists of a variety of food that is enhanced with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and supplements. This is to help them gain optimal health and prevent disease.

Dogs are Descendants of Wolves –

Basically, dogs are descendants of wolves with very short intestinal tracts. This means they need to consume raw foods. Organic foods are perfect for your dog’s digestive tract. They do not need the burden of extra toxins. These pesticides and toxins only place undue strain on the kidneys and liver of your poor dog. This is an unnecessary strain on your dog’s immune system that it just does not need or deserve.

Organic Biscuits and Organic Kibble –

When you purchase organic biscuits and organic kibble, you provide a safe alternative to for your pet. Regular biscuits and kibble that you find in the grocery store are full of hormones and pesticides commonly found in all of our food. This is the standard for our culture. The reason is simple: pesticides and hormones are cheaper and more convenient to produce.

Safer Ingredients for a Healthier Pet –

You can choose safety over convenience. You do not have to let the pet food industry dictate what goes into your dog’s food. You can choose organic dog food for a healthier dog. More animal owners and Veterinarians are opting for safer ingredients. They are choosing higher quality ingredients over cost and convenience.

For most dogs, organic dog food is the best and most obvious choice. A diet consisting of organic dog food made from pesticide free and hormone free ingredients is highly recommended. You can choose the best ingredients and find organic dog food that is made right here in America.

What to Look for in Dog Food –

When you are looking for high quality dog food, you need to look for a few simple things. Check the company over and look for the following:

o USDA approved

o Hormone and antibiotic free

o High quality proteins

o NO animal By-Products

o All grains are herbicide free

o No added preservatives

If you choose organic food for yourself, then why not choose organic food for dogs and cats as well? It is no longer about convenience or cost. It is about what is the right thing to do for your pets.



Organic Food Nutrition Revealed

 Organic   food  items are showing up all over and gaining a lot of attention. Large supermarkets such as Whole Foods and many other chains are growing in popularity and the public is extending their purchasing power to more healthy choices.

But why?

What is  organic ?  Organic  farming has to follow very strict guidelines and a provision period of 3 years to carry the Certified  Organic  label – not an easy process, but one the farmer knows is right to control  food  safety and to deliver nature’s intention free of pesticides, fertilizers and a list of other unnatural treatment protocols. Real whole foods that your body recognizes have digestible energy to carry life to your cells. You are a live cell being and you need live cells, not chemicals and dead nonliving processed, denatured, so-called food items.

Why is  organic  so special? It’s in the soil! Nature’s ecology, the earth worm, the dense nutrients, the vein like roots of the plant suck life to feed its growth. Without the use of chemicals on the plant, it’s able to function and develop. When bugs land on the plant it releases a chemical of its own to defend itself against the invaders. This by-product is available to you and I when we eat the plant source as an anti-oxidant, the very thing that battles free radicals (cellular degeneration/rapid aging), not to mention the taste, the smell, the presentation of the food and above all the quality – more nutrient/mineral dense than its counterpart minus the toxins. The way things are meant to be, not by alteration or genetic modification.  Organic  animals live and grow in thriving cruelty-free environments where they are fed their normal, healthy dietary requirements. Not a mix of fatten quick toxic feed and various injections to hasten them to the slaughter house, which in turn shows up in the by products we buy and eat.

Shortly after World War II there was a movement towards mechanization and homogenation of farming. Larger and increasingly more automated farms popped up across the landscapes of the United States. These factory farms put the synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and mass-rearing techniques developed in the 1920’s into widespread use. Over time the food supply has had its soil drastically become less and less nutrient dense due to over-farming and the use of synthetic chemicals to hasten growth at all costs and compromise the health of a nation. Amidst this agricultural revolution, several astute pioneers of the  organic  movement emerged, heralding the dangers of ecological insensitivity and calling for a return to the responsible farming methods of our past.

One such person was Weston A. Price, a dentist by trade who traveled the globe studying cultures and tribes. Dr. Price’s findings were documented studies in his book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. As a dentist he realized that the mouth, teeth and gums are a direct reflection of the health of the internal system of the body. By taking riveting photographic images to reveal isolated tribal men, women and children and the results that take place when they eat what is considered to be the modern diet of processed and refined foods that have no place in there genetic ancestry. When he cross-examined geographic areas throughout the world he documented the available food supply with other factors such as how distant they were from the equator influencing seasonal crop growth and available protein sources. By simply stating a vegetarian diet suits all or the Mediterranean diet is what most should eat is extremely misleading as Price revealed. Today food supply is growing in its contamination with no regulated commercial farming that is dominating the market place. We are all faced with poisonous confrontation of one or the other. It’s really up to how we choose to limit and reduce our exposure to chemical components and, in turn, how it affects our aging and well-being.

If you consider your  food  quality and safety a concern, conventional farming offers extremely little and pales in comparison to  organic  farming. When you get a visual tour of these two types of farms it becomes a real eye-opening experience. A few large  organic  farms exist, but for the most part comparing the  organic  farm to the conventional farm would be like comparing a lemonade stand to multiple, extremely large warehouses.

 Organic  farms are much cleaner and control their inventory with compassion and care and every  organic  farmer I have talked to has been eager to share his land and passion with me. I guess what it really comes down to is do you shun the small family  organic  farmer and their strict standards; and therefore support radically high prices that are preserving nature’s balance in an ever-growing population and aligning  food  supply or support the conventional machine with its controlling power that practice little if any ethical standards toward the soil, animals and the health of your body with utilizing foreign chemicals that increase volume and prolong the life of food at a reduced cost to you. As a nation our health is in rapid decline and processed food sales is at a high – conventional farming pockets are getting deeper. Is what we really need to spray pesticides on crops, not exercise crop rotation, and cram animals in cages and pump them full of hormone cocktails (RBGH, RBST)?

To make a point, in my years of experience having my own health compromised and seeking alternative ways to sustain a functional life and working with thousands of clients with health challenges that were getting absolutely no results following typical nutritional guidelines and eating mass produced conventionally farmed foods. Most consumers would agree the 15% cost increase is minimal when compared to the downward spiral of health issues that lie ahead. However, these disconnected propaganda screaming consumers upon failing allopathic approach healthcare start looking for the magic pill or one-shot fix all medication that was advertised on TV last night – you know the same one his neighbor is taking that has lost the meaning of the term lifestyle and creating a nation of zombies.

If you look at our health as a nation with obesity, diabetes and a long list of terrible health problems and then look at how much  organic  produce and hormone-free meats are ending up in shopping carts (less than 5% of the total  food  sales) that means that a whole lot of commercially-farmed, conventionally processed food are being consumed. To top it off, a shopping cart leaving the market place on average contains 8 items with the first one being soda! If you stop and think for a moment, by choosing to pollute your body with a long list of chemicals, preservatives and other genetically modified creations, what are you saying about your life and your children’s? Doesn’t your genetic structure, your life’s experience and your legacy mean something? Population, growth and corporate farming along with global warming are creating a large impact on the environment and your health regardless of who you are. The quality, quantity and frequency of the safest most beneficial nutrition that you have chosen to supply your body functions with will determine your quality of life. By simply consuming convenience  foods  and non-organics with no nutrition we are telling the environment and our bodies we would rather not bother and we will suffer while the corporate giants expand and increase profits and destroy our beautiful planet.

LET’S COMPARE: THE  ORGANIC  FARMER TO THE CONVENTIONAL FARMER

 ORGANIC 

A lifeline to a healthier future for you and your family

Small farms often run by families who love what they do. Producing nurtured food product in a long way for a valued profit.

Crop rotation consideration for the living organisms of the soil, respecting the life of the ground and what it means to protect our wildlife habitats for our health. Working with, not against.

CONVENTIONAL

The corporate machine pumping out a sea of what is attempting to be food by disconnected farm workers with volume in their sights. For a profit at all cost.

Destroying soil, pumping endless chemical products to produce products that go against nature such as GMO’s – genetically modified organisms.



Why Choose Organic Food?

In the last decade, organo-mania has gone wild. Everyone these days wants to eat  organic   food , or buy  organic  clothes,  organic  baby supplies,  organic  furniture and so on. There is a general belief globally that the environment is contaminated with chemicals and many medical disorders may be as a result of pollution and chemicals. Almost every type of commercialized food in the past has had some type of artificial chemical inserted to make it look nicer and taste better. Further, the incidence of mental problems in children has increased and thought to be due to the increased consumptions of foods containing artificial chemicals. Well, things have changed recently and consumers have become more knowledgeable and have started to read labels before buying foods.

So what exactly is  organic ?

 Organic  farming is production of plant and animal  foods  without use of insecticides, pesticides, or herbicides.  Organic  farming is production of plants based on use of chemical-free fertile soil and a variety of crops are cycled to keep the land healthy. Once plants have grown, they are processed and packaged without the use of any artificial chemicals. Typically,  organic   foods  contain fewer chemicals than non-organic products.

Similarly, animals raised on  organic  farms are treated properly and fed with  organic  food . sources.

The biggest benefit of consuming  organic   foods  is that they contain fewer synthetic chemicals. The taste of such foods is fresh, original, and pure. The other benefit of  organic   foods  is that the environment remains free of pollution from chemicals. People and animals that live in these areas have cleaner water to drink and fresh air to breathe.

Eating  organic   foods  prevents one from getting exposure to toxic pesticides and insecticides. Animals reared in  organic  farms are not administered hormones or antibiotics and thus humans who consume meat from these animals have zero chance of being exposed to such chemicals. There are reports that excessive consumption of non-organic  foods  may result in health and growth problems in children.

Going  organic  is not only of personal benefit but also good for the environment.  Organic  farms generate better air for the environment and limit pollution of local waters and rivers. Commercial farming is profit oriented and is limited to production of few foods grown with use of insecticides and pesticides. Further, commercial farming released tons of chemicals that are harmful to birds, fish, and local animals living on land.

By growing  organic   foods , there is a promotion of a healthier ecosystem that allows both humans and animal to thrive. Further, absence of chemicals allows insects and bees to help pollinate land and helps microorganisms thrive and fertilize soil.

 Organic   foods  are widely available in most cities and towns globally. Each  organic   food  has a label that has a certified “ organic ” stamp on it. Random inspections of  organic  farms are made to ensure that all  foods  and animals are organically maintained and use of chemicals is at a bare minimum. Because  organic  farming encourages good health, animals are also treated properly and reared in clean living conditions. The eventual aim of  organic   foods  is to ensure that our food supply remains free of chemicals and the environment remains clean.

Even though  organic   foods  taste better and are fresh, there is one minor negative.  Organic  products generally tend to be slightly more expensive than commercialized  foods . – this is a small price to pay for future generations to live in a chemical free world.



5 Common Myths About Organic Food

The growing popularity of Organic foods has resulted in several households switching to organic produce and meats for their families, in a bid to live healthier and more conscientious lives. Not only are healthy foods free of synthetic plant additives, they also educate the consumer about the cleaner cultivation and food rearing practices.

While it is a wise choice to switch to Organic foods, it is also wise to know about any allergies or counter-actions that foods can have, so that you are sure about what you or your family consumes. Globally, there are several myths about healthy foods, their nutritional value and their allergic nature, if any. Here are some of the most common myths about healthy foods debunked.

1: Healthy foods may not be the safest:

Fact – By definition, “Organic” refers to produce and ingredients cultivated minus the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, genetically modified organisms, sewage sludge or radiation. In case of animals and livestock that produce meat, eggs or dairy, they are not given antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic produce, meats and products are grown or produced in environmentally friendly ways – soil and plants are not treated with toxic chemicals or persistent pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or sewage sludge are not used to promote growth, GMOs are not allowed, animals are provided outdoor access and are fed organic feeds, synthetic growth hormones and antibiotics are not used in animal rearing. These strict cultivation and rearing practices make organic food safer than conventional foods, and chemical-free, thereby ensuring safety for you and your family.

2: Healthy foods do not cause allergies:

Fact – While they are safer for consumption due to their cultivation and processing practices, healthy foods contain allergens just like conventional foods. However, these allergies are limited to being caused due to food-related or inherent allergens present, and not due to the chemicals and synthetic additives, since healthy foods are devoid of the latter. Therefore, if you are allergic to say, peanuts, both organic and inorganic peanuts can still cause an allergic reaction upon consumption.

3: Organic food isn’t healthier than conventional foods:

Fact – Simply put, the fact that it is produced without the use of synthetic additives and hormones makes them a much healthier and safer alternative than conventionally grown and produced foods. Ask yourself this – would you rather consume a fruit A that has been sprayed with chemical-laced pesticides and insecticides, made to reach ripening prematurely by feeding the tree synthetic fertilizers, and given an unnatural sheen by polishing it with a waxy substance? Or would you rather consume a fruit B that you know has been grown without any of the above additives? Which sounds healthier, fruit A or fruit B?

4: Organic food is a wallet-drainer:

Fact – Due to its stringent cultivation norms, labour and time intensive production, post-harvest procedures and certification fee, It can be expensive; yet, there are healthy foods that are affordable and sometimes may even cost less than conventional foods. Besides, there are hidden costs of conventional food such as health costs related to issues caused by pesticide consumption and of course, environmental costs due to the rampant use of synthetic additives to the soil.

5: Natural and free-range foods are the same as organic, and just as good:

These are not the same as healthy foods; neither can they boast of the advantages of healthy foods. Natural foods or ingredients refer to those foods that have undergone minimal processing, with no guarantee to its cultivation procedures and synthetic additives. Free-range refers primarily to animal husbandry where the animals are allowed to roam freely outdoors, as opposed to being enclosed within constricted spaces for twenty-four hours each day.

These are a safer and healthier alternative to conventionally produced foods, for you and your entire family, including the little ones. Given the numerous myths, false facts and information overload regarding healthy foods, it is best to get the facts straight so that you can make an informed and wise choice for the health and safety of your family.



Organic Food Labels

Knowing what you are eating today seems to be as important as the choices that revolve around exercise and better sleep regimes it is for this reason why  organic   food  labels give you the straight goods. Knowing what it is that you are going to eat allows you to understand what your body is going to receive and how much of it.

This can help you calculate for health related issues such as diabetes and it can help you better control a diet that you may be on. One of the biggest advantages to the label being easy to understand is that there will be information on possible allergy alerts.

 Organic   food  labels do not really look any different than that of any other label it is just that they will be free of any form of chemical or pesticide. This means that you will not be ingesting anything that is not naturally found on the planet or created by mother earth herself.

Quality Ingredients

When you are looking at  organic   food  labels, you are going to find nothing more than quality ingredients contained. This is simply because there is nothing more than the quality ingredients of the product to report.  Organic  produce is very much a different  food  source than that of regular grocery store bought foods. The process to develop the foods is completely different and the end result is a testament to that. They simply taste better and are of better quality than the regular foods available today. This is not to say that the regular  food  is bad for you, it is simply meant to mention the detail and attention that  organic   foods  receive before they arrive in your hands.

When you look on  organic   food  labels, you will find nothing that indicates that the  food  has been processed in a manner otherwise dictated by the  food  and drug administration’s  organic   food  guidelines.

The Label

One of the most interesting things about  organic   food  labels is that they can be simply one word or twenty. Depending on the product itself, will determine the size and information that you will find on the label. If it is produce, you will find nothing at all. This will however be accompanied by a statement that this fruit or vegetable is 100% fruit or vegetable and absolutely nothing more.

When it comes to an item such as an  organic  bag of popcorn, you could find that this label is nothing more than one word. This is the beauty of the  organic   food  scene. You do not have to worry about junk placed in your foods and the labels shows it.

The food labels of today are an excellent way to see just how pure and high qualities the foods you plan it ingest really are. You will find that the labels will be detailed for those that need information for medical purposes and you will appreciate the fact that the label will state that there is only what is needed by nature for a quality product.



Organic Food Recipes For Babies Starting on Solids

Is your baby ready for weaning? If your child is already six months old, then it’s time to change the usual routine of milk preparation or breastfeeding, and add the solid food preparation in the daily schedule. Because babies are very sensitive, organic baby food recipes would be perfect for them. So, get ready to check on weaning information from fellow mothers, your child’s pediatrician, or from the website. Make sure to buy organic food to give your babies the best.

As a parent, it always excites me to see newborn babies and watch them grow. My sister-in-law is now weaning her first son. After explaining her the benefits of giving organic baby food, we started experimenting on new organic baby food recipes every week.

My nephew is seven months old and tries one new organic baby food recipe straight for one week to test for allergies or digestion problem. Let me share to you the first three home-made organic baby food recipes we did. These recipes are made completely from organic food. These are very easy to do, take less time to finish and have longer shelf life to feed for the next few days.

Going Banana

Banana is always in season and is readily available in the market or at your favorite supermarket. However, since we want our babies to eat organic food, make sure you buy your banana from trusted seller/market. If you are living in a country that imports banana, check for the organic food certification on the label. Buying local banana would be safer especially if you live in the rural or rurban area.

Banana lasts up to at least three days, depending on the quality of ripeness upon buying. Therefore, this organic baby food recipe can always be served fresh to babies. Use the baby feeding spoon to scrape ripe banana and start on ½ tablespoon for the new starter’s meal.

Banana is rich in Potassium which is good for bone development. Feeding babies with banana helps the body’s capability to absorb calcium which is present in babies’ milk. Banana also contains Vitamins (A, C, Folate, Choline), Minerals (Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Phosphorus), Carbohydrates and Omega-6 Fatty Acids.

Go, Go, Go, Avocado!

I had never tried avocado for my kids’ organic baby food recipe; and when I saw my nephew nibbled it graciously, it was a nice experience. Indeed, its taste and texture is ideal for babies. One avocado is more than enough for one week. However, avocado turns brown if not served immediately. One solution is to integrate avocado in the family meal. The baby then eats organic food with the entire family.

When buying avocado, choose different levels of ripeness so that there would always be a ripe piece everyday. Start serving ½ teaspoon of this organic baby food for the baby’s meal. Scrape in small amount until there is enough for the baby’s meal.

Avocado is definitely an organic food because it is not produced on large-scale basis. Avocado is an all-around complete organic baby food. Babies get Vitamins (A, C, E, K, B6, Folate, Pantothenic acid, B6, and other vitamins in small amount), Minerals (Manganese, Zinc, Copper, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium), Saturated Fats, Carbohydrates, Dietary Fiber and Protein from eating avocado. It is high in fats but is good for babies.

Go and Get Sweet Potato

Boiled sweet potato was one of my favorite organic baby food recipes. It is very cheap and abundant in the market all year round. The variety I like best has the light red skin and peach orange meat. Once boiled, it can be refrigerated for the next feedings. For babies, boiled sweet potato is simply mashed. Serve ½ teaspoon for solid starters.

As an organic baby food recipe, boiled sweet potato is low in Sodium and very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin B6 and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.



Go for Organic Baby Food!

Eating habit and preference are determined at early age. As more and more people becomes health conscious, it is best to train children to value health and their physical body. Start the training process at the earliest stage – at birth by breastfeeding and as soon as they are ready for solids. Train babies to eat organic food by preparing organic baby food recipes for them.



Organic Food For a Healthier You

If you are thinking about changing some aspects of your life to give way for a better life, then  organic   food  for a healthier you is definitely something to consider. While produce is always a good thing to have on your shopping list, you really should take the time to try out some  organic   foods . These foods are grown and produced without any of the harsh chemicals that can be found today, and while a little more expensive you will surely get your money’s worth. This can be some of the best food on the planet, and you would be foolish to not at least try it.

From Milk To Candy

There is a virtual plethora of  organic   food  for a healthier you today and you are not going to struggle to find what you are looking for on your list. With health  food  stores practically transforming the  organic   food  sensation into a common item, you are going to find anything from milk to candy that has an  organic  influence to it. While most people can associate  organic   food  with fruits and vegetables, the fact is that there is just about anything you could possibly need from a grocery store in  organic  form. Many of the finer specialty food stores now cater to those on the go at lunch time, and make great recipes in house that contain nothing but healthy foods. These recipes are fabulous, and they are not shy on the ingredients if you ask. They will even tell you how to make the dish that you have chosen; all you have to do is ask.

Meat Enters The Fray

When you go to a special  food  store,  organic   food  for a healthier you is exactly what they are trying to offer. This can be noticed all the way down to even meat today, and there is no shortage of the types of meat that can be found. With the likes of bacon and chicken, you get your basics. If you are looking for something a little trendier, then the hams and lambs may just be your kick. Whatever it is that you choose you can be sure that you are getting nothing but the highest quality and that’s a promise from the management. These foods offer you nothing but the best taste and exactly what this food was meant to actually taste like before it got tainted with chemicals.

Stores Everywhere

If it is  organic   food  for a healthier you that you are after, you are not going to have to search far and wide for a store that can serve you. The store that you are looking for today, is most likely right in the downtown corner and you have been passing it for months. They are usually no different than any other store, with the exception that they actually are in regards to health. Good foods come at a cost, but when you think about it you should be paying for a healthier you.



Searching For Your Organic Food Online

Organic food online offers people a way to find the healthy foods they crave. As our planet becomes more packed with people, everyone is looking for an easy way, not only to shop, but to live better. Going green has begun to not only affect the environment, but grocery shopping as well. One way to achieve a healthier lifestyle is to buy organic food, and with the ease of the world wide web, shopping for organic food online has never been easier.

Finding natural and organic food online can be done very easily by doing a quick Google search. When this is performed, a number of vendors will pop up that are from all over the world. Most offer seasonal organic foods that can be shipped overnight. One of the websites that offers shipping all across the country is Diamondorganics. They will ship anything in their catalog overnight via fed ex. When one reads about their company which is located in California, they are asked to treat the website like a grocery store. Diamondorganics offers everything from fresh produce to organically grown flowers.

Buying organic food online can be tricky and make people uneasy. A person can look all they want online and still really not know the product they are buying from an online vendor. If someone is hesitant, Localharvest can help a person find local organic food vendors. After the initial unease has passed, buying online becomes a viable solution for organic foods not readily available locally.

Paying too much for organic food online is one thing consumers should be very aware of when purchasing items as well as receiving foods that are not fresh. By having the internet as a resource, many different organic websites can be shopped quickly and with the convenience of staying home. Most organic food companies want to have return business, so be sure that the company has a strict return policy if you are not happy with items such as produce or if the price was not worth the product. Also make sure before buying online that the items are certified organic. Only by doing research on the website chosen will you know if the items are certified organic foods or not.

Because organic food online stores are available, the market has grown tremendously. Shipping is available from most within 24 to 48 hours anywhere, and this can ensure quick access to any kind of organic food. The world wide web has opened up the world of shopping including grocery shopping. Now people can shop for food from home, and feel better about the choices they are making. Going green has never felt better for everyone.