Ok, so this might be a little controversial & I know so many people roll their eyes when the health industry pushes eating organic produce…but I want to explain exactly WHY it’s important to eat organic – when you can. And ESPECIALLY with grains.
I’m sure we are all aware of the huge gluten free movement over the last few years. This has reared it’s head due to hundreds of thousands more people showing symptoms of intolerances just in the last 10 years. But why has this happened? Well, there are a few reasons –
OUR FOOD IS PROCESSED DIFFERENTLY
The world’s population is growing every day. More people means more demand. More demand means more money for the big food companies…IF they can grow & process their grains quicker.
How do they do this?
They spray our foods (namely fruit, vegetables and grains – wheat, oats, barley etc.) with pesticides to encourage the seeds to fall from the crop earlier. You know the Round-up that you spray on your weeds to kill them…yep, you’re EATING that every time you eat non-organic grains. You are eating poison.
Seeds falling from crops earlier means quicker harvesting times and also higher crop turnover because in another twist of events we no longer rotate the soil how we used to, meaning our fruit, vegetables and crops are devoid of the nutrients we once gained from eating them.
Did you know that you have to eat FIVE CUPS of baby spinach these days to get the nutrients from just one cup 50 years ago?! Our food gets it’s nutrients and minerals from the soil it grows in, so if we aren’t turning the soil and rotating crops like we used to, we no longer get as many nutritional benefits. (That’s not to say that it’s time to stop eating fruit and veggies all together! They are still obviously WAAAAY better for you than processed foods, but this is why it’s important to eat organic where we can because organic foods can not be sprayed with these pesticides and toxic chemicals and they are also rotated in the soil so they have more nutritional benefit).
As well as this, out meat is made to be ‘tastier’ and again, quicker. We feed our livestock grains (yep, the same ones sprayed with chemicals and pesticides) to fatten them up rather than letting them roam the fields and eat grass as they used to which then means they are eating less omega-3’s from the grass and absorbing the grains’ chemicals as well as hormones that we feed them to make them grow quicker, in turn meaning we are then also eating these pesticides and hormones. This is why it’s important to try and buy grass fed or organic meat when possible.
WE DON’T EAT THE WAY WE USED TO
Think back to our grandparents & great grandparents…what was their staple meals? Meat and 3 vege. Fruit and vegetables as snacks. Maybe a bread roll with dinner…but they didn’t eat the way we do now.
A typical days meals these days looks more like:
Breakfast – cereal, toast or muffin (all non-organic, containing gluten and pesticides)
Snack: a packet of chips, pie or sausage roll, a few biscuits with a cup of tea (all non-organic, containing gluten and pesticides)
Lunch: A sandwich (or two) on white or wholemeal bread or a wrap (all non-organic, containing gluten and pesticides)
Afternoon snack: A donut, some biscuits with a cup of tea, some chocolate (all non-organic, containing gluten and pesticides)
Dinner: Normally something easy because we are so busy & ‘on-the-go’ every day – spaghetti and garlic bread, burritos, tacos, lasange, store bought chicken schnitzel and veggies, steak and veggies with a bread roll (all non-organic, containing gluten and pesticides)
What is the connecting factor of all 5 of these meals? Grains and carbs. Cereal, bread, pasta, wraps and rolls. Every time we ingest these pesticides (as well as the gluten if you are gluten intolerant) it scratches our intestinal wall. This wall repairs itself every 3-4 hours, but if we are then eating more grains or gluten as a snack a few hours later, and then a few hours later again for lunch…you see the pattern. This means those scratches in our intestinal or gut wall stop repairing themselves as efficiently and then turn into tears. Those tears let small particles of the food you eat into your blood stream and your body recognises it’s not supposed to be there and attacks. This causes an inflammatory response. Think eczema, psoriasis, IBS, bloating, headaches & migraines, arthritis, sore joints, constipation, ‘brain fog’, irritability and even trouble sleeping because our body is busy trying to fight off these pesticides, chemicals and food particles while we sleep instead of doing what it is supposed to – letting us relax, rest and restoring us for another full day the following morning!
It might be overwhelming, but why not just try to cut out one non-organic item every few weeks from your diet? You don’t need to make huge changes all at once, just small changes when you can. You know what they say…Rome wasn’t built in a day.