The Organic Trend: Make Your Food Go Green!

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With the new Year approaching, many parents consider getting healthier as a resolution. Why not include the kiddos in that goal as well.

One simple way to eat healthier is to eat as many Organic foods and eliminate as many chemicals in the family diet as possible.

Are you ready to Go Organic?

Ready to eliminate contaminates from your child’s plate?

Here are just a some great tips to shop for, and identify real organic foods.

What makes a food Organic?

The word itself refers to the way the food has been produced and created. Organic food is grown utilizing renewable resources while reducing pollution. Farmers generally treat their crops with chemical fertilizers, and insecticides while organic crops are grown using natural resources such as manure. Similarly, organically raised livestock is fed with organic feed and treated with natural health preventive care, rather than with antibiotics or the use of growth hormones. The downside to this environmentally safe option is the added costs it creates. This can cause farmers to bypass this healthier route and use conventional methods.

Is it the real deal? Check the label!

Now that you know the basics to what makes food organic, let’s discuss the best practices of shopping and identifying organic foods at your local supermarket. Just because an item boasts an organic label does not necessarily mean it is of the caliber you are seeking. Look for additional type such as “certified” or “USDA Organic” to ensure that you are getting the real deal. When scanning at bar codes, pay attention to the numbers. Fruit containing a 4 or 3 on its sticker is your usual fruit, not organic. In contrast, those barcodes that begin with 9 (usually) mark natural, organically grown produce.

Is “Natural” the same as “Organic”?

The terms “natural” and “organic” are not interchangeable words. Though natural can at times mean the product was not tested with hormones, insecticides or refer to the way it was fertilize, it does not ensure it is 100% organic. Only products grown by USDA organic standards can carry the label!

Will your new, Organic lifestyle break the bank?

Just like that, you are on your way to becoming a novice organic shopper, but are the prices too hefty on your pocketbook? The truth is, organic food can be much more expensive than the products you are familiar to buying. If you can’t financially switch to an all organic diet, there are other ways to compensate. Buy leaner meat. The fat of an animal is where the majority of contaminants can be found, so this will cut down on any additional treatments the animal was given. When you are shopping with fruits and veggies, just focus on those with edible skins. Things you peel, like a banana, make no different in the way it was grown because the skin acts as a chemical barrier. If that is still looking a little pricey for your budget, consider picking up an easy produce wash.

Once only found in specialty food stores, organic foods are hitting the supermarkets nationwide. Help create a healthier, more natural diet for both you and your family.

Happy Holidays!

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