Don't Panic, Eat Organic!


Don't panic, eat organic Fruit Naturally Savvy

I have some interesting facts on the mineral content of organic versus non-organic food. Organic is defined as a natural plant grown without pesticides, herbicides and man made chemical concoctions. However, I'd like to provide a reminder that, in addition to studies, we need to use logic and common sense.

TASTE COMPARISON

I remember trying organic when it first started to become available, and virtually everything I tried had more taste! Compare and taste the difference for yourself. In addition, if the soil is full of nutrients, then chemicals, pesticides, and herbicides are not needed.

David Thomas is a researcher. He can be found in past editions of "The Composition of Foods" by McCance & Widdowson, a British publication on nutrition that was first published in 1940. Mr. Thomas's research refers specifically to trace elements. These necessary minerals, though minute in amount, are absolutely required by the body to function properly. Since 1940, there has been a stunning decline of these minerals in all fruits and vegetables: calcium is down 46%; sodium down 49%; copper down 75%. More specifically, carrots have lost 75% of their magnesium; broccoli has lost 75% of its calcium; and sodium has disappeared entirely from certain beans.

One explanation for lower nutritional content has to do with the nature of modern agri-business. Commercial farmers receive seed catalogues offering all kinds of newly developed varieties of vegetables that have been specially bred to mature earlier, to resist disease, to last longer, and to look better. Environmental concerns and trace minerals/elements are not a priority to profiteering chemical companies.

Farmers have dumped huge quantities of fertilizers, pesticides, etc. into the soil, increasing the content of the basic NPK growth elements at the expense of everything else. NPK is the fertilizer that consists of the three minimum elements necessary for plants to grow, namely nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus. Huge quantities of fertilizer create an excess of these three elements in the soil. This excess depletes the soil's balance of natural minerals because commercial fertilizer lacks the other 80+ elements that are normally found in foods.

ORGANIC FOR NUTRITION!

There are seven major elements the body needs to survive and maintain a good level of health: Oxygen, Enzymes, Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids, Fatty Acids, and Phyto-nutrients.

We know all living matter needs Oxygen. In addition, we need 16 vitamins, 60 essential minerals, 3 essential fatty acids, and 12 essential amino acids. There are over 100,000 phyto-nutrients found in foods and many are needed by the body to survive. Phyto-nutrients determine the aroma and color of food and include other major elements such as: Carotenoids; Flavonoids (Polyphenols) including Isoflavones (Phytoestrogens); Inositol Phosphates (Phytates); Lignans (Phytoestrogens); Isothiocyanates and Indoles; Phenols and Cyclic Compounds; Saponins; Sulfides; Thiols; and Terpenes. While they are not all classified to be essential for life, synergistically many of these organic phyto-nutrient compounds are connected to the essential nutrients such as vitamins and minerals.

So, logically speaking, how can farmers boost the soil with only three elements (NPK) and expect to get a healthy, balanced, nutrient rich fruit, vegetable or grain? Would you be healthy if you just had nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus in your diet? Both humans and plants need hundreds of elements to be properly nourished. We cannot expect to live healthy when we consume fruits and vegetables that have been deprived of the hundreds of elements they need.

ORGANIC STUDIES

Studies show that organically grown produce contains significantly more nutrients than non-organic. Organic soils have a greater balance of nutritional elements which creates healthier plants. Consequently, these plants do not need artificial herbicides and pesticides to protect themselves. Herbicides and pesticides are, to a plant, like medications are to a human. They are needed to fight off illness because the human, or plant, is not healthy to begin with.

Nutrition deficient soil = weak, nutrition deficient produce = nutrition deficient humans!

Pesticides and herbicides were introduced the mid 1900's. Before pesticides and herbicides, fruits and vegetables grew well and were packed with nutrition. It begins to make sense that all the extra chemicals we consume not only cause an increase in illnesses, they also produce nutritionally void foods!

We know the importance of minerals and how a deficiency leads to increased illnesses in modern society such as diabetes, asthma, allergies in general, leukemia, eczema, and so on. In the early 1900's only 1 in 100 people got cancer. Today one in four men, and one in five women, have cancer. We would need to eat as much as four to five times more food today to receive the same nutrition that we did 60 years ago.

A Harvard University Study in 1996 found, in a random testing, that organic produce contained 50-300% more nutrients than non-organic. Other University studies have also found more nutrients in organic than in non-organic produce. However, even more shocking, some commercially grown non-organic produce did not even register certain minerals that are found in their organic counterparts!

Don Weaver co-authored a book called "Survival of Civilization". He writes about one farmer that added ground rock dust to the natural compost he was using to grow produce and the results were astonishing. The farmer added 200 to 300 pounds of dust per acre of soil which resulted in substantially higher brix readings. Brix is a form of sugar/minerals that are prevalent in quality produce. The authors tested 3 different kinds of produce grown by this farmer after he naturally fed his soil. Here are the results compared to commercially grown produce.

ORANGES:

16-37% more juice, 37% thinner skin, 30% more vitamin C and 234% more minerals!

WATERMELONS:

12% more vitamin A, 20% more C, 50% more niacin, 10% more choline, 47% more natural sugars, 63% more minerals.

CAULIFLOWER:

218% more vitamins, 40% more B-12, 183% more niacin.

OTHER ORGANIC BENEFITS

In addition to your body receiving substantially more nutrition from eating natural organic fruits and vegetables, seeds, nuts and grains … our bodies, and the environment, are sparred the harm done by sprayed herbicides and pesticides. These chemicals have been shown to increase the risk of cancer in humans and they pollute the environment which affects other plants and animals.

VALUE

Although organic produce costs more, if you consider that you are getting 50% to 300% more nutrition on average, the price is usually worth it. In addition, millions of dollars could also be saved in reduced environmental cleanup costs and lower medical costs that are associated today with the higher incidence of cancers caused by exposure to harmful chemicals.

GOING WILD

Note that organic does not always mean 100% pure. The laws on what can be used in organic farming vary greatly from country to country. Sometimes the middle men spray the produce on the way to market, and sometimes manure is used in the soil. So, to prevent e-coli contamination, always wash your fruits and veggies thoroughly. However, organic is virtually always better than non-organic, provided it is fresh and looks fresh.

Wild-crafted is a form of organic. Food grown in the wild means it has grown naturally, without a farmer planting it. Provided the wild-crafted food is found in a fairly pure environment, away from pollution and chemical runoff from a polluted water source, wild-crafted can often be as good, or possibly better, than organically grown food.

SUMMARY

Try to eat organic food as much as possible. If you cannot eat organic, don't panic! Remember that foods without a skin, such as greens and lettuces, should be washed with a special produce wash to remove chemical residues. I recommend removing skins of non-organic produce, such as cucumbers, because the coatings and waxes used on them are very difficult to remove, even with produce washes. If you are on a budget, try to buy organic produce where you eat the skin, such as greens and apples, so at least you have a good base of healthy staple foods for salads and vegetables.


By Wayne Gendel| July 01, 2008
Categories:  Eat

About the Author

Wayne Gendel

Wayne Gendel

Wayne has been lecturing and consulting for over 15 years and is the developer of the Forever Healthy Life Extension Program. Mr. Gendel has studied a variety of health modalities with some of the top world-renowned professionals including Dr. Ann Wigmore and Dr. Brian Clement of the Hippocrates Health Institute and is a Hippocrates Health Educator. He is a dynamic inspirational speaker and educator in the natural health industry, and is known for practicing what he preaches.

Wayne empowers people by going beyond manufacturer product claims to bring out the truth about the products we consume. The Forever Healthy Life Extension Program encourages individuals to live longer, healthier, disease-free lives by combining the wisdom of many world-famous health programs and research data from cultures around the world. Wayne researches products to ensure they meet the highest standards for consumption. His research goes beyond suppliers' claims as Wayne and his team looks for the truth regarding ingredient panels and how products are made. Through his research, Wayne has come across many products that contain undisclosed synthetic ingredients such as chemical solvents, binders, fillers, preservatives, etc. that are not required to be listed on the label. He believes that synthetic ingredients are not suitable for humans to eat.

Wayne is a regular on TV, Radio and is a sought after public speaker at universities, health centers and trade shows.

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