What happens when we don’t choose organic foods? Have you ever visited grocery stores that label their fruits and vegetables conventional? Recent studies on this topic suggest that organic food is just as safe as conventionally produced food. Are they sure? Why do we just accept the word conventional – as acceptable?
Have you noticed we live in an environment where eating junk food is considered normal, and eating healthy food is considered weird?
Unfortunately, production is the key goal in our country, with our agriculture dependent on pollution, pesticides, and antibiotics.
We can change this as a nation if we all start supporting with our $$$ only the agriculture we want. This means supporting local and organic farms. Every choice represents possibilities. Or, you can continue to be programmed to eat, because of the expense or in-expense of foods.
When we leave the junk chips processed foods, carcinogenic lunch meats, and soda on the store shelf, your grocery bill and weight will be less.
We have to remember that “Health is a Responsibility” and is where most of our healing takes place. If we have control over whether we eat pesticides or not then I would say this choice is a no-brainer!
Getting to the bottom of obesity requires that the conversation moves beyond just diet and move to toxins we’re exposed to. Pesticides inhabit the majority of conventional produce and have repeatedly been found to wreak havoc on your body. For example, a bell pepper is sprayed with pesticides over 700 times.
“Research by Mercer University School of Medicine found a higher prevalence of obesity in the participants with high urinary concentrations of a pesticide known as 2,5-dichlorophenol (2,5-DCP). It’s important to note that 2,5-DCP is one of the most widely used pesticides on the globe.”
Scientific evidence shows that certain chemicals block our hormones and disrupt the body’s normal functions. Known “endocrine-disrupting” chemicals include PCBs, DDT, dioxins, and many plasticizers like BPA. These chemicals play an important role in the global epidemic of obesity. Dr. Bruce Blumberg, professor of developmental and cell biology and pharmaceutical sciences at the University of California in Irvine, believes there’s evidence that industrial pollutants are contributing to America’s obesity epidemic. Dr. Blumberg calls those chemicals “obesogens.(1)
In the book “The Hundred Year Lie”, author Randall Fitzgerald states that in a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control involving 2,400 adults and children, more than two hundred synthetic chemical toxins were found in the subjects’ bodies, with a hundred more chemicals suspected to be present.
To make matters worse, just one can of diet soda—produces an excessive amount of the carcinogen formaldehyde in your body. Formaldehyde isn’t listed in the ingredients; your body produces it as you digest the soda.
The human body was never intended to deal with this kind of chemical assault!
Chemicals that harm
Atrazine is a commonly used weed killer on golf courses and found to contaminate water supplies.
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is used to make non-stick cookware, such as Teflon.
Plastics include (cooking oil-plastic bottles), cling wrap, microwave ovenware, styrofoam containers, and in the plastic liners of canned foods.
Dioxins. The EPA found that chlorine byproducts (known as dioxins) are 300,000 more times as carcinogenic as the scary chemical pesticide DDT. Avoid bleached products like chlorinated paper towels, toilet paper, and bleached coffee filters.
Cleaners. MOST toxic offenders are drain cleaners, oven cleaners, and toilet bowl cleaners or products that contain chlorine or ammonia. (a toxic gas)
What’s in our drinking water?
Fluoride is found in most city drinking water. The U.S. National Research Council (NRC) states that fluoride is an “endocrine disruptor in the broad sense of altering normal endocrine function.” Clinical research showed that fluoride ingestion, at relatively low doses, was effective at reducing thyroid function in the hyperthyroid patients.(2) Fluoride is also sprayed on conventional produce.
Chlorine & Fluoride are two largest toxins that everyone knows about. However, there are more.
The energy of our food becomes our mind! Getting to the bottom of obesity requires that the conversation moves beyond exercise alone. What foods are leaving you lethargic and increasing your cravings?
8 Toxic Foods That Can Secretly Make Us Feel Hungrier
Processed cereals and breakfast bars increase blood sugar levels and fat storage. These sugary carbs rob our body of energy and leave us craving for more food within an hour of ingestion.
Salty foods such as chips or pretzels containing MSG can make us eat more. These foods trick our taste buds and our brain cells into eating the entire bag.
Alcohol can cause us to let our guard down and indulge in foods we don’t normally eat. Willpower can go out the window.
Pasteurized store bought yogurts, frozen or otherwise, are fiberless sugary foods leaving us craving foods that have crunch.
Diet products do not help us to lose weight. They actually cause weight gain! These sneaky fake diet sugars contribute to the obesity epidemic. Aspartame is found in diet sodas and diet foods that secretly increase our motivation to eat more. This is because diet sugars cause addictions and cravings.(8)
Coffee makes us crave for sugary desserts. That’s why restaurants serve them together after a meal.
Trans-fats have a desirable taste, leaving us wanting more, all the while increasing our risk for heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Trans-fats are found in hydrogenated vegetable oils, fried foods, popcorn, canned foods, pizza, pie crust, donuts, cakes, frostings and more.
High Fructose Corn Syrup/Corn Syrup is found in processed foods. HFCS disrupts metabolism and slows leptin (which is our stop button) that tells us when we’re full, increasing our desire to eat more.
“Evidence has been steadily accumulating that certain hormone-mimicking pollutants, ubiquitous in the food chain, have two previously unsuspected effects. They act on genes in the developing fetus and newborn to turn more precursor cells into fat cells, which stay with you for life. And they may alter metabolic rate, so that the body hoards calories rather than burning them…” (3)
How to Get those Obesogens Out
Choose Organic Produce: Pesticides and fungicides mimic the hormone, estrogen. They also impair thyroid function and increase fat cell growth, contributing to weight gain.
Say no to Soy: Soy contains daidzein and genistein – estrogen-like compounds that can increase fat stores and body weight. Soy is contaminated with pesticides, giving you a “double dose” of obesogens.
Go Grass-Fed & Wild: If you consume meat to make sure it’s produced in the best possible way, without toxins and hormones, and the animals are grass feed and/or wild. Grain and soy fed animals contain a powerful cocktail of obesogens – from growth hormones to PCBs they promote the storage of fat.
Avoid Farm-Raised Fish: These are fed soy and cornmeal, GMO chemical compounds. Always choose wild.
Ban the Cans: Can liners contain bisphenol-a toxic obesogen.
Pass on Nonstick: The non-stick coating material – PFOA – is a powerful hormone disruptor that can leach into foods when heated. Opt instead for ceramic/nonstick cookware.(4)
People have noticed that when avoiding GMO toxins and pesticide laden food they actually feel better and have less brain fog.
According to Lily Kay, an assistant professor of the history of science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology,“genetic engineering” came about as the result of the concerted effort of a few scientists, who, along with their academic and philanthropic sponsors, had a shared vision about how they could use genetics to reshape science and society.
In her book, The Molecular Vision of Life: Caltech, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Rise of the New Biology, Kay writes that this vision was not so much about underlying biological principles as it was about social values. The new biology that evolved from this thinking was founded on a strong belief in “industrial capitalism” and its perceived mandate for “junk science-based social intervention.” (5)
In the earlier days
“The largest pesticide trap has to do with genetically modified foods (GMOs). Touted by Monsanto as requiring fewer pesticides, GMO crops actually require significantly more pesticides! This means that the GMOs you may be unknowingly consuming are actually loaded up with obesity-causing pesticides as if the GMOs themselves weren’t damaging enough to your health.”(6)
Milk from rBGH-treated cows contains an increased amount of the hormone IGF-1, which is linked to breast cancer.
Some GMO’s are found in:
Salad dressing, bread, cereals, hamburgers and hotdogs, corn feed cows, hamburger helper, margarine, mayonnaise, crackers, cookies, chocolate, candy, soda, fried food, chips, veggie burgers, meat substitutes, ice cream, frozen yogurt, yogurt, tamari, soy sauce, soy cheese, soy milk, soy protein shakes, meal replacement bars, tomato sauce, protein powder, baking powder, alcohol, powdered sugar, peanut butter, enriched flour and pasta and much more.
What can YOU avoid?
AVOID ALL CONVENTIONAL (NOT CERTIFIED-ORGANIC) TOMATOES, CORN, STRAWBERRIES, BELL PEPPERS, CARROTS, PEACHES, SUGAR BEETS, SALAD GREENS, BANANAS, APPLES, POTATOES, SOY, CANOLA OIL, COTTONSEED OIL, AND YELLOW CROOK-NECK SQUASH. Buy these organically grown, your liver, gut, and brain, will thank you.
Pesticides & Bees
Bees are a necessary part of pollinating our crops. BT toxins and GMO pollen have infected and are killing our bee colonies, with what is called “colony collapse disorder”.
Genetically Engineered Foods & Your Immune System:
Because nutrition has been removed from junk, processed, microwaved and GMO foods, your body stays hungry all the time. This reaction causes you to want to eat more, which equals weight gain. (7)
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) called on “Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community, and the public to avoid GMO (genetically modified) foods when possible and provide educational materials concerning GMO foods and health risks.” According to ScienceDaily (Mar. 5, 2012) — If stress is giving you high blood pressure, blame the (GMO) effects on the immune system.
What can you do?
There are healing powers in colors in everything you do in your life. The colors we choose in our foods is no exception. Invite color into your plate at your next meal. Choose a plate of organic, colorful vegetables. With this powerful “language of color,” we can discover how to use it to enhance our well-being.
Eating organic food will also reduce the number of chemicals you are ingesting and may improve your quality of life.
Tell your grocer to label GMO foods.
Also, consider the possible nutrition differences between organic and conventional foods does not address other important issues, such as the environmental impact of using pesticides and the agriculture chemical exposure of individuals who grow and process our food supply.
Know your food. Purchase certified organic foods from your local farmer.
Benefits of Organic:
Research is available – Organic food holds more minerals, vitamins, and enzymes than poison method farming (intensely farmed foods). Most importantly, you aren’t eating a cocktail of insecticides.
At the end of the day, you pay for what you get. Are you worth the extra 10 cents?
Organic food is a healthy choice, both for you personally, your weight management and for the environment.
This article was created to connect all the “bite size pieces” of information, so you can seriously think about which veggies and products you choose next time you go shopping. Only you can take back your health. There is nothing conventional about conventional.
1- (Taken from Jose Bravo.)
3- Taken from Retha Newbold of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
6- (Taken from Anthony Gucciardi-NaturalSociety)