The Scary Reality Of Eating Non-Organic Produce
By Lindsay Sibson
Walk into any supermarket and it is quite obvious that organic vegetables and fruits are more expensive than their conventional counterparts. If you are anything like me, you’ve probably stood there contemplating and asking yourself, “Is it really worth it?”
Especially if you have a limited food budget, it makes it easier to reach for the cheaper varieties. However, consuming GMO foods can have a profound negative impact on your health.
To start, let’s clarify what GMOs are. GMO stands for “genetically modified organism.” This means that either an animal or a crop’s genes have been altered for some specific reason. Many crops are often chemically altered to grow faster, bigger and produce more. As a result, GMO foods are less nutritious and you end up eating the chemicals – YUCK!
The scary reality is that GMO foods are becoming ubiquitous – which means that more and more of the food you buy (unless certified organic) contains harmful ingredients.
Are you not sure if a fruit or vegetable is GMO? The easiest way to identify a product is by looking at its sticker and following this guideline:
- If the code starts with a “4” pesticides were used
- If the code starts with an “8” it is genetically modified (GMO)
- If the code starts with a “9” it is organically grown
Eating GMO foods is very risky for your health, so risky, in fact, that a few countries have required GMO foods to be clearly labeled or have banned the practice of GMO farming altogether!
Consuming GMOs is widely believed to cause:
- Reproductive issues
- Immune dysfunction
- Liver problems
- Excessive cell growth (which can lead to cancer)
In the United States, there is NO LAW requiring food labels to state if they contain GMO ingredients or not. Not to mention that GMO farming is allowed… and very common.
Over the past thirty years, the use of GMOs had gained popularity among farmers, because it allows the farmer to grow more produce faster and cheaper (which means more profit for them).
But what does it mean for your health? Since GMOs have become widely used, there has been a:
- 1,500 percent increase in autism spectrum disorder
- 300 percent increase in asthma
- 400 percent increase in allergies
- 400 percent increase in attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
So… what do you do to keep yourself safe?
The best way is to purchase certified organic food. This means that if a food is labeled organic, it cannot have any GMO ingredients. It has been proven that GMOs contain far less nutrients than their non-GMO equivalents (not to mention the health risks mentioned above). Therefore, there really is no reason to consume GMO foods if you want to have amazing health and feel great!
Curious as to how to get your hands on some certified organic fruits and vegetables?
Here is HOW you can start feeding your body the safest and most nutrient dense produce:
1. Check out your local grocery store: Most major stores will have an “Organic” section (and, of course, check the ads for sales!)
2. Find a local farmers market: The internet makes it easy for you to track these down. When you attend and stay until the end, you can also get some awesome deals on great produce. Sometimes they even give it away for free!
3. Sign up for a home delivery service: Google “Organic vegetables home delivery” and you can explore your options and prices in your area.
4. Grow it yourself: Even if you have the smallest of spaces, it is still possible to grow your own produce. Pinterest is an excellent resource for information and inspiration (search: small garden ideas).
I want to hear from you! Comment below with your tips to shop ORGANIC on a budget!
Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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