Wednesday, April 07, 2010

New Book Touts "Shocking" Reasons to Eat Organic

A new book describes the many environmental, health and safety benefits of organic foods.  As reported on The Early Show:
Matt Bean, a senior editor of the magazine, spelled out many of those benefits on "The Early Show" Tuesday.
Although organic food is more expensive than conventional food, Bean says making organics a part of your diet can have a big impact on your health and that of your family.

From the book, Bean says, "We discovered ... some pretty shocking and convincing arguments" for going that route.

Health Benefits of Organic Foods:

More Nutrients: Studies show that organic foods may have increased levels of nutrients like antioxidants than conventionally grown foods

Fertility Health: Pesticides found in conventionally grown foods have been shown to reduce fertility

Immune System Protection: The chemicals in non-organic foods may also harm your immune system, leaving you more susceptible to illness and some forms of cancer

Hormones and weight gain: New research has shown that some agricultural chemicals could actually be making you fat by interfering with your hormone levels.

Unknown effects of GMOs: Many people are concerned about genetically modified foods, especially since many of them have never been tested on humans. Organic foods are never genetically modified.
Given findings like this out there, there's also an element of 'peace of mind' that comes with eating organic -- especially when grown in our own garden (I'm proud of the food I grow, and it tastes great!) and purchased at local farmers' markets (supporting our local organic growers and green economy).

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