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What is so great about organic foods?

What is so great about organic foods?

1: Organic foods are raised in such a way that they do not contain all the chemicals and pesticides that are found in regular food sources. Over a period of time, accumulation of these toxins could certainly lead to health problems of many kinds. By eating organic foods, you may actually eliminate many potential health problems down the road. It won't happen immediately, but over time. ...Read more

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Organic Foods (Definition)

Organic foods are foods that are produced not using synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, industrial solvents ...Read more


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What are the benefits of eating organic foods?

What are the benefits of eating organic foods?

Depends. : The fruit has the same benefits of vitamins and fiber etc. but some people feel that organic fruits and vegetables have less toxic pesticides on them so you consume less. Organic farmers use pesticides that are felt to be safer. But is unclear how much pesticide humans actually consume from the food and whether those small amounts have any actual effect on you. ...Read more

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Why are organic foods considered better for you?

No exposure to toxin: Organic foods are grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Also the foods are not irradiated, have additives it exposed to solvents. This decreases the risk of toxic effects of pesticides. ...Read more

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Organic foods are known to be better for you, why?

Depends: Organic foods are technically those grown with no artificial fertilizers, insecticides or anything not 'natural'. This supposedly limits the body exposure to these potentially harmful agents and some feel it increases the nutrient content of the food. If true, then it is better for you but there is no proof that this is true. And the label "organic " is not exactly carefully true. ...Read more

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How can I stay healthy if local & organic foods aren't available?

Fresh or frozen: Although it would be great if all produce was organic, it is not possible or not affordable. A diet with plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, even if not organic, is still better than a high protein/high fat diet. Frozen foods are often as good as fresh. Some canned goods are OK. Read labels though,to make sure all the vitamins and fiber have have not been destroyed. This is really common ...Read more

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Where can I find information about classification for organic foods?

The Organic Center: The generations of organic website, http://www.Generationsoforganic.Org/ , is an information site for families put out by the organic center. I'm on their board of directors and used to be their president. ...Read more

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Is organic foods good for you and if which ones are not good for you?

Nutrition: Organic foods are very good for you. I often counsel my patients to not just assume that if something is labeled organic, it is true and necessary. The key is to buy chicken, eggs and milk without preservatives, antibiotics and chemicals especially if you are female. In addition, certain foods tend to be more important to get organic - apples and tomatoes...If possible get grass fed beef as well. ...Read more

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Has anyone seen any improvement in a child after changing from regular to organic foods?

Has anyone seen any improvement in a child after changing from regular to organic foods?

Not realy: The material I reviewed stated that overall there is little or no measurable benefit when using these products. The expense and practice is more a feel good issue. ...Read more

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Can organic foods be reliably identified at farmers market?

GENERALLY YES: There are strict standards for food to be officially certified "organic" and, at least where i live in santa cruz, ca a grower can not represent their foods as being organic unless they have been certified as so. I imagine that this is the case at other farmers markets across the country. See http://www.Usda.Gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?Navid=organic_certificatio. ...Read more

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How important it for me to be eating organic foods as I have nonhodgkins lymphoma ?

Very important : Not every doc will agree with me, but i believe this is very important; it's a good idea for everyone, but esp. Important for those dealing with serious illness. While it is undoubtedly beneficial to minimize exposure to pesticides, the most important reason to choose organic foods these days is to avoid gmo foods-eating organic is the best way to insure this.See http://bit.Ly/19xax7e & comment:. ...Read more

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Arent organic foods just a yuppie liberal prestige thing?

Arent organic foods just a yuppie liberal prestige thing?

Definitely NO!!!: Sounds like you have quite a prejudice against organic foods. Numerous research studies show organic foods contain significantly higher amounts of vitamins, minerals & antioxidants- up to 10 times more antioxidants! they also, of course, have much lower levels of pesticide residues and pesticides have been associated with increased risk of many serious illnesses like cancer...(cont. In comments). ...Read more

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Is it cost effective to buy all organic foods for my child?

Is it cost effective to buy all organic foods for my child?

No: It is not necessary to buy all organic food. There are certain fruits and vegetables that have a high pesticide content (go to www.Ewg.Org to see list). These should be bought organic. Meats should be clean (free range, grass fed, hormone free). Eggs should be free range and fertile. ...Read more

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What physical/psychological benefits do organic foods provide?

What physical/psychological benefits do organic foods provide?

Organic Foods: Foods that are certified as organic are free of pesticides and other chemicals that are commonly used on non-organic crops. This can be very important, especially in crops with high pesticide residues. See this site for the 12 you should for sure buy organic if at all possible: http://tinyurl.Com/29bboo buying organic will also avoid genetically modified foods. ...Read more

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Are organic foods really more healthier for you if you are losing weight?

Are organic foods really more healthier for you if you are losing weight?

No.: There are many reasons to "go organic" but health is not one of them. You can lose weight with or without organic foods. ...Read more

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Is eating organic a way to avoid pesticides in produce? Does that mean that organic foods would have more germs without the pesticides?

YES, no more "germs": Pesticides do not protect against germs; they protect plants from being eaten by insects. Organic foods have no more germs than conventional food but much lower levels of pesticides. Organic growers use other techniques including natural pesticides to protect plants. Organic plants also produce more natural defense chemicals and phytonutrients which are healthy to eat. See comment for more: ...Read more

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What are some local organic foods or healthy food programs?

What are some local organic foods or healthy food programs?

Start with CSA, etc.: Community-supported agriculture programs are spreading throughout north america. Farmers' markets are popplng up. Even traditional grocers are stocking some local produce. One can start by doing a search online, asking local chefs or contacting a nearby university with an ag or environmental studies program. Also one can ask people with healthy-looking active kids the difference is often apparent. ...Read more

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If I start to eat a lot of organic foods does that help clear up acne & if I get organic body and face wash would that help too ?

If I start to eat a lot of organic foods does that help clear up acne & if I get organic body and face wash would that help too ?

No: Organic foods and other "organic" products are of no relevance to acne. It is related to genetics, hormones, menstrual cycles, birth control. If you have a problem, a dermatologist will help you. ...Read more

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Is beyond diet a good option to choose to start a diet? They allow only to eat organic foods and they don't allow wheat, soy and corn. I am starving

Is beyond diet a good option to choose to start a diet? They allow only to eat organic foods and they don't allow wheat, soy and corn. I am starving

Yes,no need 2 starve: I can not find many details without paying but i believe everyone should eat only organic if possible- see http://bit.Ly/19xax7e avoiding simple carbs like wheat ; corn is a well-proven method of losing weight-try quinoa instead! i don't feel all soy should be avoided-fermented soy like tempeh ; miso are ok in moderation.I avoid all those for a month every spring ; don't starve at all-see comment:. ...Read more