Superfoods Are For Everyone

Whether you define your diet as raw, vegetarian, omnivore, or perhaps you don't define your diet at all. With practical tips and a mix of simple raw and cooked food recipes, anyone can begin to work with plant-based superfoods.  In fact, incorporating small amounts of these nutrient dense foods into your daily diet will give it a huge and healthy upgrade. 

CHOOSE ORGANIC: Buying organic ensures that the food you eat is produced without conventional pesticides, fertilizers, synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge (that's right sewage sludge), ionizing radiation, or bioengineering (just say NO to GMOs/genetically modified foods). If you consume animal products, choosing organic ensures that they have not been treated with antibiotics or growth hormones - both of which can be passed along to you. Remember, you are what you eat - so eat more plants and choose organic when available.

CHOOSING ORGANIC FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Don't be deterred from filling up on fruits and vegetables if you can't find or afford organic produce.  The Environmental Working Group's (EWG) popular Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce will assist you in choosing between organic and conventional.  Published annually, this guide includes a list of the Dirty Dozen Plus - the 12 most heavily contaminated fruits and vegetables, plus crops that may not meet the Dirty Dozen criteria but have high contamination levels, and the Clean 15 - the 15 least contaminated fruits and vegetables.   

You can lower your pesticide intake by choosing conventional for the least contaminated produce, and choosing organic for the most heavily contaminated produce.

 

Susan Arruda