Yes, by now we should all know that eating Organic is just plain better. Better for our bodies, our soil, and our planet. Eating organically leaves behind the pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, GMO’s and irradiation that are all part of the conventional counterparts.
Research shows that there are even more benefits you may not have known about. Check out these 3 benefits that are especially alluring for women:
- Fewer Wrinkles – A European study found that organic fruits and vegetables contain up to 40 percent more antioxidants than the chemically-farmed produce. Antioxidants gobble up those pesky wrinkle-causing free radicals and are essential for a healthy glow.
- Weight loss – Now that you know antioxidants are important for less wrinkles, you want to maximize them right? Consuming foods rich in antioxidants means feasting on more whole foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Whole foods are rich in fiber, and by default, fill you up on less, so you have less calories in, with a feeling of satiety.
- Smaller fat cells – Eating a conventional or non-organic diet is filled with toxins our body cannot process. Simply put, when your body does not know what to do with something ingested, it’ll store it in fat cells. And the more toxins ingested, the bigger these fat cells will get to continue storing. Yes, these little suckers can actually grow! Keep these toxins out of your diet and you’ll see slimmer results on your body.
With Organic farming becoming more in demand, our food supply shows it. Over the years, organic products have come down in price, making them more affordable for most of us. Whenever possible, opt for the organic version of a product. Whether it’s an apple, spinach, eggs or meat. Check the Environmental Working Group website that tracks and list foods with the most and least pesticides: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php
Make a date to go to your local farmer’s market to get some delicious, in season and interesting veggies! Here’a resource to find a farmer’s market near you: http://www.localharvest.org/
Now, for a simple vinaigrette recipe to use on all those fresh farmer’s market greens.
- 1 cup Champagne Vinegar (or white balsamic)
- 1 cup roasted hazelnut oil, pistachio oil or walnut oil
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt (or more if desired)
- Place the above ingredients in a bowl and whisk until well emulsified. Store in a glass container. This dressing keeps for about two weeks in the fridge.