Welcome to the Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle tip No.2
Let us look at Tip No. 2 as follows:
Tip No. 2 – Start Eating Organic Foods
Why should we start eating organic foods? Is it healthier?
Good practice starts from our home. It is more manageable here. It is also healthier although it costs more. So by the end of this reading, if you decide to start eating organic foods, you can start with a few food items first and gradually increasing your list of organic food items, with the final goal of going 100% organic.
So what does Organic mean?
What Does Organic Mean?
When you go grocery shopping in supermarkets, have you noticed the term “Organic” on the labels of some fruits and vegetables? They are usually priced higher than the conventional ones. For example, one pound of bananas may cost 49 cents but the same weight of organic bananas may cost 69 cents; 4 pounds of oranges may cost $3.99 but the organic ones may cost $4.99; an avocado may cost $1.49 but an organic avocado may cost $1.99; one pound of carrots may cost 69 cents but a pound of organic carrots may cost 99 cents; a bunch of broccoli may cost $2.29 vs a bunch of organic broccoli which may cost $2.99. On average, organic produce cost 30% to 60% more than conventional produce.
So if you start to replace your fruits and vegetables with organic ones, your grocery bill may increase by 30% to 60%!
What about other food staples like rice, bread, eggs, meat, fish, milk…and the list goes on.
So why eat organic foods since they are more expensive than the existing food items in our grocery shopping lists?
According to the 2019 Organic Industry Survey, new records were made in both the organic food market and the organic non-food market. Organic food sales reached $47.9 billion, for an increase of 5.9 percent. Sales of organic non- food products jumped by 10.6 percent to $4.6 billion.
Unwanted “additions” In Conventional Foods
Since organic foods are more costly, why are organic foods becoming more and more popular in recent years?
It all boils down to consumers being more aware of the unwanted “additions” in our conventional foods which are less or absent in their organic counterparts. These unwanted “additions” when consumed on a long term is harmful to our bodies. They are responsible for the many illnesses in countries (including USA) that use them compared to countries (including some European countries) that banned these “additions” in their produce. Examples of these “additions” are synthetic chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, hormones) or genetically modified organisms.
Once consumers know about these unwanted “additions” in their conventional foods, many start to switch to organic foods.
More literature on the term “Organic” can be found in the following:
I hope by now you would be more knowledgeable about the term “organic” and why we would want to gradually replace our conventional foods with organic ones.
The next question would be: Where can we buy “Organic” foods?
Where can we buy “Organic” foods
Most supermarkets have started to sell organic produce and food items with the “USDA ORGANIC”.label. For organic fruits and vegetables, look out for the 4-digit or 5-digit PLU code starting with the number 9. Those that start with the number 3 or 4 are conventional ones. If you wish to fill most of your shopping list with organic food products, you may wish to do your grocery shopping at Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s. These two supermarkets have more organic food choices compared to others.
For some ideas on organic foods, refer to the topic on Holiday Shopping & Organic Foods.
Some Words of Encouragement
Going organic is not an overnight process as it means changing our eating habits, shopping venues and increasing our food bills. This is a process that would involve everyone in the family to agree and adapt to. However, if we are determined to lead a healthier lifestyle and save huge medical expenses in the long run, it is worth adapting to the healthier path.
I welcome comments and feedback on the difficulties that you may face in switching to organic eating. I will try to give a hand whenever I can and I hope other readers can also chip in their suggestions and together we can move towards the path of leading a healthy lifestyle via foods.
Moving on to Tip No. 3
If you like what you have read so far and have started to change your eating habits or planning to change, Congratulations!
We can now move on to the Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tip No. 3.
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