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Get Healthy at Healthtree

Fruits and vegetables are the foundation for health. They provide your body with the low-glycemic carbohydrates it needs to function and they supply water your skin and body need to be healthy. In addition, the fiber helps to sweep your digestive system clean, eliminating toxins that would otherwise just sit there and be absorbed. 9-10 servings daily of a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, especially the greens, provide you with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for essential energy and helps slow the aging process.

 

Why Organic Fruits and Vegetables?

The shift in how we grow our food has meant convenience and higher profits take precedence over more natural methods. Seeds can be genetically modified to produce hardier, larger crops and plants are sprayed with pesticides to get rid of unwanted insects. Organic farming uses natural resources to prevent contamination of crops, soil and water by plant and animal organisms, heavy metals or toxic residues. It is pesticide and chemical free. You’ll see that fruits and vegetables are not uniform, looking more home grown, and the smell and taste are richer.

Science Supports Organics

In a September 2nd article published in The Washington Post online, Jane Black reports on a new study that supports the science of organic food. She writes:

“People buy organic produce because they believe it is more environmentally responsible, more healthful and tastes better than produce grown conventionally. When it comes to strawberries, turns out they’re right. A new study of 13 pairs of conventional and organic California strawberry farms over two seven-month growing seasons in 2004 and 2005 revealed that organic farms produced more flavourful and nutritious berries while leaving the soil more healthful and genetically diverse. In a surprising twist, the organic strawberries also had a longer shelf life than the other varieties.”

Posted on Environmental Working Group’s

Reducing our Carbon Footprint

Healthtree tries to provide certified organic produce year round but there are certain times of the year when buying produce from halfway around the world just doesn’t make sense for our environment. That’s why we also have local suppliers who haven’t necessarily obtained organic certification but they use organic practices. We believe that as long as they are growing produce that is free of pesticides and preservatives, using non-genetically modified seed, that we are providing our customers with the most natural products available while keeping our carbon footprint as low as possible.

Shoppers Guide to Pesticides

The Environmental Working Group has also released their own EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides™ based on data from nearly 96,000 tests for pesticide residues in produce conducted between 2000 and 2008 and collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Here is a listing of the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables along with the 15 least contaminated.

Dirty Dozen – Buy Organic

  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Nectarines
  • Bell Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Cherries
  • Potatoes
  • Grapes (imported)

Clean 15 – Lowest In Pesticides

  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Corn
  • Pineapple
  • Mangos
  • Sweet Peas
  • Asparagus
  • Kiwi
  • Cabbage
  • Eggplant
  • Cantaloupe
  • Watermelon
  • Grapefruit
  • Sweet Potato
  • Honeydew Melon

To get your copy of the guide, go to www.foodnews.org.

The Environmental Working Group’s website is www.ewg.org for more information about living naturally.