Is Organic actually Organic

A few weeks ago this question came up after a discussion on how to repair the gut.  Organic foods are the best option we have for healing our bodies naturally, preventing disease and getting the nutrition we need for everyday living.  The problem is, when is organic truly organic?

The best method is to grow your own garden.  The benefits of working in your own garden go far beyond the nutritional value of the food you harvest.  Studies have shown the positive health benefits both physical and mental that come from being in nature and working with soil.

The second best method is to get to know a local grower.  With a local grower you can get to know their growing methods and you will get maximum nutritional value from the food.  Food from local growers is left on the vine longer and has more nutritional value.  We currently do not have a local grower to recommend.  The farmer we used previously has moved her farm to the Moscow area.  Let us know if you have a local organic grower that is looking for customers.

The vast majority us will need to do our shopping at the local grocery store, so we need to be able to discern what is organic and what is not.  Unfortunately the “organic” business is just that.  It is a business, a multi-billion dollar business.  Anytime this much money is involved there are going to be some less than honest parties that are simply trying to make a buck.  The best way to know if an item is organic is to look for the USDA organic label.  This label is the best assurance we have that the item is as close to organic as possible.

The other obstacle many people have in going organic is the increased cost in many cases.  If we need to prioritize organic items, the best place to start is meat and butter.  Studies have shown that meats and butter have a higher toxic load than the worst fruits and vegetables.  Here is a short list of the 12 fruits and vegetables with the highest toxic load:

Peaches Apples Sweet bell peppers Celery
Nectarines Strawberries Cherries Lettuce
Grapes (imported) Pears Spinach Potatoes

Here is a list of the 12 fruits and vegetables with the lowest toxic load:

Broccoli Eggplant Cabbage Banana
Kiwifruit Asparagus Sweet peas Mango
Pineapple Sweet corn Avocado Onion

Hopefully this helps those of you who are trying to find ways to be healthier.