THE ORGANIC BOOM
In order to counter the toxic lifestyles and environmental hazards, the urban populace has shown an inclination towards organic products. The consumption of organic foods come with a wide range of health benefits for the people and also restores ecological balance. However, the bitter truth is that most organic food products are too expensive for the average middle class man. But as the old adage goes “Health is wealth”; so we all can figure out a way to spend a substantial amount for our well-being and reap the benefits for years to come. Moreover, one can mix a bunch of organic and inorganic food items to create a balanced diet.
Here is a segmented list of the food items that can be safely consumed in non-organic form and others that must be bought from the organic market only. A healthy mix of both the food items can make for a wholesome and fine diet!
VEGETABLES: Vegetables such sweet potato, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, eggplant, onion, sweet peas and asparagus retain the least amount of pesticide, used during conventional farming. When one is planning to divide their diet into organic and inorganic meals, then these vegetables can be purchased from the inorganic market. The perils of inorganic food such as genetically modified organisms and heavy metals are considerably lower in these vegetables. On the other hand celery, spinach, sweet bell peppers, corn, tomato, cucumber, potato, lettuce and kale must be bought in the form of organic produce only. These vegetables pose a more direct threat to your health by containing unwarranted amount of pesticide residues, when grown via inorganic practices.
FRUITS: Fruits like avocado, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, kiwi, papaya, cantaloupe and watermelon can be safely bought from the non-organic section. Apple, strawberry, peach and blueberry are amongst those fruits that are highly affected by conventional farming practices. Thus they must be bought from the organic market.
DIARY PRODUCTS: Milk and dairy products are a vital source of nutrition for the body. However if the products ingested are not 100% safe and deficient in the essential nutrients, then the effort becomes futile. It is highly recommended to buy all sorts of dairy products such as milk, butter, cream, cheese, etc. from the organic section. Since milk in the family is usually consumed by toddlers and growing adolescents, thus it is advisable to not take undue risks with the health of children.
OTHER ITEMS: People who love to eat non-vegetarian delicacies should always opt for livestock that is raised organically. These animals are not injected with growth hormones and they are more suitable for your consumption. However salmon can be eaten from the inorganic section. Even inorganic mushroom imposes no health risks.
A BALANCED DIET
With a balanced and thoughtful mix of organic and inorganic food items, one can stabilize their diet and make it healthier. The dangers of certain inorganic food items are obviated when they are peeled and the outer layer is skinned. This further establishes a diet chart that does not burn a hole in our pocket and enables us to move towards a better lifestyle.