Aren’t bananas just bananas and green peppers just green peppers? Not exactly! When it comes to produce there are two major differences; Conventional and Organic . I know some of you maybe thinking, back when I was growing up “a strawberry was a strawberry.” But did you know that in the 21st century the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have collaborated with botanist (an expert on the study of plants) and commercial farmers to create these two major differences in our produce.
So the question is . . . What’s the difference? And most importantly, what’s the big deal?
Let’s get deep!
Today, conventional produce is the most commonly known consumed produce in America. These days conventional produce has become the new normal, as it is cheaper and readily available. Have you ever been inside of your local grocery store or farmers market and just wondered, why there is such a drastic difference in the pricing of conventional produce in comparison to organic produce?
What are we even consuming fruits and veggies for? The truth is, each fruit and vegetable is responsible for providing specific vitamins and minerals to nourish our bodies. These nutrients can eliminate harmful toxins from the body, resulting in increased body performance, metabolism, and all around well-being. However, not all of these nutrients are found in conventional produce. In fact, conventional produce is typically tainted by disease causing hormones, antibiotics, additives, preservatives, herbicides and pesticides. But that’s not even the half of it. Conventional produce can also be a genetically modified aka the infamous GMO’s. Basically a process that takes place in laboratory where genes from the DNA of one species (plant/animal) are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans. (You may read certain food labels that says “NON GMO”, which indicates your food went through a NATURAL process, in order to arrive at your dining table). Google (yes your conventional fruits and vegetables can increase your risk of diseases…) Crazy right?
The great thing is you have a better option. Most organic plant based foods are extremely high in antioxidants, which is a powerful component in creating a healthy immune system that eliminates CANCERous cells and may provide maximized healthy weight loss. And don’t forget to check out the frozen food section for organic options as well!
So where can you find Organic Produce?
Great news! Organic foods are becoming more popular than ever. Therefore they can be found in almost every grocery store, from Krogers to Whole Foods. Many more stores are developing that offer the highest quality of organically grown food products, making them affordable and extremely accessible. Trader Joe’s, Sprouts Farmers Market, Aldi and Whole Foods are some of our favorite places to shop!
Happy Healthy Living