Is It Worth It To Buy Organic?
Another week and another round of email questions!
I have some good ones for you this week, so I’ll cut the chit-chat and get on with the show!
Q: “You have mentioned a couple times over the past couple weeks about foods and skin quality. What does that mean?” – Kathy
A: I have mentioned that a couple times and I think it’s important to note.
Poor quality foods lead to bad skin.
Bad fats, processed junk and limited real foods lead to dry, flaky skin. It also leads to wrinkles, sleepy eyes and a pale complexion.
Sounds good, right?
On the flip side, if you limit the processed stuff and make sure to eat lots of produce, and specifically berries, broccoli and papaya, you’ll enjoy healthier, stronger and more toned skin.
Add healthy fats to the mix and you’ll moisturize your skin from the inside out. I actually make a conscious effort to increase my intake of healthy fats in the winter months because it’s so dang dry and my poor skin gets all dry and I hate it.
Thanks Kathy! Great question.
Q: “Is it worth it to buy organic food?” – Sam
A: Yes and no. This can actually be a full article on its own so I’m going to try and keep it short and sweet.
I grew up on a farm/ranch and know how crops and livestock are raised. I’ve witnessed it and was a part of it so what I’m going to say comes from experience and firsthand knowledge (except for things like fruits, etc.).
Most of our produce is sprayed relentlessly with pesticides, fertilizers, insecticides, etc. which isn’t good.
Not only that, but constant farming, no matter if there is cross-production, leads to poor quality soil.
Poor soil quality leads to poor nutrient content, which means you have to eat MORE produce to get the same nutrient content you did years and years ago.
I understand that these techniques have also lead to an increase in food production which helps feed the world, but that doesn’t mean everything is hunky dory.
So I guess to answer the question of whether “Is it worth it to buy organic food” – I do think it’s worth it to purchase some of your produce from the organic section, including apples, berries (most kinds), spinach (and other leafy greens) and potatoes (if you eat them). These foods tend to have higher pesticide residues than other foods.
If you can’t afford organic, then at least invest in a quality produce cleaner, or make your own (which isn’t difficult or expensive) and use it.
A fun, and disgusting, experiment to prove how dirty produce is (not necessarily talking about pesticide residues) is to hold your produce over a bowl while you spray and rinse it with cleaner and look at the water after it settles. It’s pretty gross.
I’d also consider purchasing organic coffee. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I know much of the coffee purchased comes from countries who aren’t as strict on their farming practices as we are in the US (and we’re even behind) and that tends to scare me.
Some products that are banned here are still used in other countries and considering your purchase the beans, grind them up and then squeeze hot water through to get your coffee, it’s no stretch to imagine there can be some funky stuff in with your morning cup-o-joe.
I’m not saying that you should purchase all your food in the organic section, because I’m not convinced it’s worth it on everything and we don’t eat all organic in my household, so I’m not going to expect anyone else to do the same.
Hopefully I didn’t just scare the crapola out of you, but it’s something to consider and do more research on. The more educated we become on the foods we’re eating, the more power we have. The more power we have, the more in check Big Food has to be in their practices and the more I read about food production, the more freaked out I become.
Okey dokey I think that’s enough for today.
Thanks again for the awesome questions and I hope you learned something new today!
Keep ‘em coming and we’ll continue learning and discovering!!
The Fit Dad