Is Organic Food Worth It? Organic foods are now taking up as much room at the grocery stores as “conventionally grown” foods. Practically everything now has an organic equal, eggs, nutrition bars, cereal…even household items such as laundry detergent. While the idea of organic sounds great, is it really worth the added cost? I know that my budget doesn’t allow for an $8 basket of raspberries, but many people go the extra mile, or should I say dollar. Pros• An approved organic food is grown without synthetic fertilizers, herbicides or genetically modified organisms.• Meats labeled as organic are grown without growth hormones or any antibiotics.• All animals must have shade, fresh water and a place to roam (picture the happy cows on the cheese commercials). • Use of more natural products and decreased use of synthetic pesticides, reducing the amount of runoff that contributes to water pollution, and may protect the soil used for crops.Cons• Can be much more expensive!• Not proven to be any more nutritious than conventionally grown foods.• Fruits and vegetables may spoil faster.• No significant difference in taste. The article Should You Go Organic posted through iVillage.com states that organic foods are no more nutritious than conventional foods. It uses the example that organic butter is still fat like conventional butter. Would an organic doughnut be any more nutritious than a conventional doughnut if they contained similar ingredients? In my opinion, don’t buy organic products for the alleged nutrition superiority, buy organic for the good of the environment. Another reason I approve of organic foods is the good it does for the animals. As an insane animal enthusiast, I certainly love the idea of them being treated humanely.This list is extremely abbreviated, so to read more, the article Organically grown foods: Evaluate your options through MayoClinic.com gives an overview of the distinct differences between organic and conventional. Are those buying more expensive organic products wasting their money, or making the smarter choice?
Don't get me wrong, I completely support the whole organic movement, but unfortunately it's just not financially possible for me to buy all organic stuff. My neighbors are obssessed and even have organic laundry detergent.
Organinc Tea seed oil is cheaper than olive oil and very affordable to good for healthy body and skin care.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_seed_oil has long list of the benefits of this oil.
Tea seed oil is also known as tea oil or camellia oil. It is edible and has virtually no aroma or taste. Obtained by cold pressing the Camellia Oleifera plant's leaves, it is similar in appearance to grapeseed oil or olive oil. Tea seed oil should not be confused with tea tree oil which is an entirely different thing.
Valued as a cooking oil for its especially high flash point, tea seed oil can be heated to very high temperatures before it combusts or begins to break down and lose nutritional value. Because of its ability to withstand heat, it is perfect for cooking processes using extreme temperatures like popping corn or stir-frying meat and vegetables. It has been used as a cooking staple in China for centuries.
Because of its neutral flavor and absence of a strong smell, tea seed oil does not alter or mask the taste of the foods cooked in it. It is commonly used in salad dressings, dips, marinades and sauces. It can be purchased for prices comparable to other cooking oils.
Another benefit to tea seed oil is that it is very healthy and can add nutritional value to foods cooked with it. Rich in vitamins and minerals, it contains high levels of vitamins A, B, and E. It is also a good source of the minerals phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, and iron manganese. It is low in saturated fat and high in antioxidants. Having a long shelf life, it keeps for a considerable length of time and is best stored in a tightly sealed contained kept in a cool dry place.
Although primarily considered a cooking oil, tea seed oil has many other uses. Added to soaps, it is thought to help moisturize the skin. It is easily absorbed and does not leave the greasy feeling left by other oils. Tea seed oil is often applied directly to skin in its original form. In China especially, it is commonly used in balms, lotions and creams.
China has long valued tea seed oil for its healing properties. Used on cuts and burns, it is thought to promote healing as well as moisturize. Ancient Chinese culture makes mention of beautiful Chinese women brushing tea seed oil into their shiny black hair.
Organic Marketing is BIG BUSINESS - and it's an excuse to jack-up the prices. I'm not saying it's all bogus. I'm saying, be informed, educate yourself, and choose where you want to spend your money. The rules for organic foods are poorly defined. I'm posting a link to my earlier article on the subject. But in my opinion, I'm only buying organic MILK and, on occasion, chicken.
THE ORGANIC CONFUSION « DOMINO Health & Nutrition
What I'd really like to see are fresh food produce carts on the side of the road on my way home... any supermarket exec out-there? Here, in Paraguay, I buy all my produce at roadside stands... just stop my car on the parking lot, lower my window, and I'm filling up with fruit and veggies direct from the farm... how is that for FRESH and CONVENIENT???
I found a cookbook I really like with several "gluten free" recipes along with other "natural" recipes. Its an ebook, which is good be cause you can just print off what recipe you want. I purchased it from this link
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