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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Health Benefits of Eating Organically and Fresh

Food is likely our number one biological priority that requires constant care and attention. In ancient times, we foraged most of the day and spent a large amount of energy keeping ourselves alive. Today, food is abundant and we can eat when we want. That creates a new problem with what we are eating and the long-term impact on our bodies.

The first argument is that the more you prepare your food the worse it will be for you. Processed foods that taste great because of the butter and batter end up clogging your arteries and packing on the calories. The preparation of the food and the type of oils and add-ons make all the difference in food quality.

A lean piece of meat is very different then a burger. The same can be said for fried fish and natural fish. All foods are subject to the same degradation process when they are overly processed and lose their natural benefits. Just because our body craves highly fatty foods doesn't mean we should eat it.

The second argument is that processed foods contain a lot of chemicals, hormones, and byproducts. Opting for less processed and organic foods helps reduce some of the negative influence of the environment and the industry that seeks to maximize poundage for profit. A vicious cycle of hormones, more sales, and health costs ensues.

Companies use a common growth hormone called rBGH which helps to improve productivity. It would be hard to feed the world unless the fish and cows we eat end up producing more than their natural cycles will allow. This has been shown to influence the factors that increase other risks of cancer, obesity, and a wide range of other medical conditions.

When given the option to choose between a highly processed food and ones that are less processed; choose the later. If you can get organic for a descent price at your local food store I would suggest you go ahead and move in that direction. Eating healthy is about the many small choices we make each day. These small choices add up over time.

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