You are what you eat, eats... 4 reasons to change to organic food.
If you have ever stood in the grocery isle undecided if you should buy the '"regular'' or '"organic" food and wondering if it is worth the extra cost then read on because that decision has just gotten a whole lot easier.
1. You will get smarter : Meat, eggs and milk from cattle that have been raised on grass contain higher levels of omega 3, essential fatty acids created in cells of green plants and algea that play an indispensable role in human health and especially in the growth and health of neurons- brain cells. This is in contrast to animals who have been raised on grains in feeding lots, the meat is high in saturated fats and omega 6 which cause inflamation and are associated with heart and outoimmune disease.
Omega-3 supplements have been shown to reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death and heart attack, slow growth of plaque in the arteries by decreasing inflammation, improve lipid levels, enhance blood pressure regulation, and reduce pulse pressure. This is why it is important to know your farmer and how he feeds his stock.
2. You will have healthy kids:
Organophosphate pesticides used routinely on conventional produce has been associated with cancer, ADHD, behavior problems and neurodevelopmental deficits in children.
3.You will feel a lot sexier: Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse effects on hormone regulation. They tend to mimic or partly mimic naturally occurring hormones in the body like estrogens (the female sex hormone), androgens (the male sex hormone), and thyroid hormones, potentially producing overstimulation and causing imbalances. Endocrine disruptors may be found in many everyday products– including plastic bottles ( think bottled water) , metal food cans, detergents, flame retardants, food, toys, cosmetics, and pesticides.
4 You will support your local economy: Eating local is important for both your health and the local economy. The shorter time food is stored and transported significantly affects it nutritional value. Local short supply food chains like The Green Road ( www.greenroad.co.za ) are an excellent source of Slow Food as are markets like the Slow Market at Oude Libertas. (www.slowmarket.co.za)
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