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    Organics 101: Lose the Toxins, Allergens and Weight!

    November 29, 2007 •  12 comments.

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    The CDC recently reported that the belly fat of children has grown by over 65% since 1999 and recent statistics highlight a 400% increase in food allergies.

    As a result, over half of all Americans purchase organic foods due to ‘food safety’ and health concerns in an effort to make healthier food choices.

    Organic’s Health Benefits:

    A recent study into organic food found that it appears to:

    • Strengthen your immune system
    • Improve sleeping habits
    • Cut the risk of cancers
    • Reduce the risks of heart disease
    • Reduce a child’s exposure to hidden allergens
    • Promote weight loss (Keep reading!)

    As you can imagine, the un-organic, junk food industry’s response to this groundswell of healthy food choices is to highlight industry-funded research that suggests that eating organic food is no more than a lifestyle choice.

    What the Europeans Know

    (and Our “Industry-Funded Experts” Haven’t Told Us!):

    Thankfully, an insightful four-year, $25 million European study found that:

    • Animals fed an organic diet were slimmer (yes, skinnier!) than their un-organic fed counterparts because fat cells appear to “trap” and store the heavy pesticide residues found in un-organic produce
    • Organics appear to promote weight loss by reducing your exposure to chemical pesticides which bind to fat and once absorbed may stay in the body for a lifetime (over 350 chemicals can accumulate in our body fat!)
    • Organic fruit and vegetables contain up to 40 percent more antioxidants
    • Milk from organic herds contained up to 90 percent more antioxidants (source: Times Online October 28, 2007)
    • Organic food also had higher levels of beneficial minerals such as iron and zinc, critical minerals in the development of a child’s brain.

    Un-Organic Food Contains Hidden Allergens:
    Additionally, according to the Institute for Responsible Technology, un-organic corn and soy contain insecticidal chemical toxins (which may be why these crops are being banned in Europe, Australia, Japan, Russia and almost 40 developed countries around the world!) and hidden allergens that may be contributing to the recent allergy epidemic.

    So What Does “Organic” Mean?

    And What About “All Natural”?

    Because the US lags other developed countries when it comes to food safety, understanding label claims can often be a challenge for even the savviest shopper!

    The Definition of “Organic”

    The term “organic” refers to foods grown and processed without chemical toxins, artificial ingredients, chemical preservatives or ionizing radiation (similar to cancer “radiation” only for food).


    The guidelines for organic foods were established on October 21, 2002
    by the US Department of Agriculture. To use these terms, producers must pay additional fees and follow strict guidelines and regulations:

    • 100% Organic- All ingredients are organic.
    • Organic- 95% or more of the total ingredients are organic.
    • Made with Organic Ingredients- At least 70% of the ingredients are organic.

    For the savviest of label readers, the following are the legal guidelines established by the US Department of Agriculture for organics: Organic Fruits and Vegetables:Must be grown without the use of:

    • synthetically created chemical pesticides
    • synthetically created chemical fertilizers
    • sewage sludge
    • genetic engineering which appears to introduce novel proteins, allergens, viruses and toxins into crops.
    • irradiation (similar to cancer radiation for produce).

    Organic Beef and Chicken:

    • Fed only 100% organic feed, are not the offspring of cloned animals and have never been administered growth hormones or antibiotics. In addition, their meat must never be irradiated.
    • Natural (or All Natural) meat or poultry products contain no artificial ingredients and are minimally processed. They are not necessarily organic.
    • No hormones administered or no antibiotics added is sometimes seen on labels, but it can only appear if the producer can document the absence of hormone or antibiotic administration.
    • Free-range or free-roaming poultry have access to the outdoors without a minimum time. They are not necessarily organic.
    • Cage-free poultry means nothing as most chickens are kept indoors (but cage-free) if they are grown for meat.

    Organic Milk:

    Comes from animals that were fed 100% organic feed and were not given antibiotics, prophylactic drugs or genetically engineered and synthetically created growth hormones (such as rBGH) for at least the last year.

    rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) is a genetically engineered, synthetic chemical hormone vaccinated into cows to artifically boost their milk production. Like aspartame, rBGH has been banned in Europe because of the breast cancer risk that it may present.

    Organic Eggs:

    • Produced by hens that are fed 100% organic feed and have never been given growth hormones or antibiotics.
    • Cage-free Eggs are produced by hens that are not confined in cages. The hens may not have access to the outdoors and are not necessarily organic.

    Organic Seafood:

    The USDA currently has no guidelines set for seafood; however, un-organic fish is often caged underwater and treated with pesticides to prevent the spread of disease.

    Organic Bread:

    Cereal and grain crops are regularly sprayed with pesticides that collect in the grain’s outer layers, raising concerns about chemical residues in bread, cakes and cookies

    Other Terms:

    The following terms are often found on packaged products and can be confusing to consumers:

    Natural is often a misnomer. There are no true guidelines for this term when used on a packaged product, although it is used frequently and often assumed to mean organic or healthier.

    Gourmet is another misleading term that leads consumers to believe that they are purchasing a product that is made finer ingredients, when in reality it has no established guidelines or regulations.

    (Source: Whole Nutritionist)


    Organics on a Budget:

    Now that a scientific study out of Southampton University in the UK has revealed that certain artificial colors and preservatives may trigger hyperactive behavior, asthma and allergies in our children, you may well be racing to the “organic only” section of your supermarket believing it to be the foolproof way to protect your young from such nasty additives.

     

    There are some other commonsense steps you can take to minimize your children’s intake of chemicals and additives.

    In pole position is the idea that you regain ownership of the meals you produce in your home kitchen and the food you put in children’s lunchboxes.

    • Avoid Chemical Toxins in Processed Foods: Avoid processed foods since un-organic soy and un-organic corn (engineered to contain their own insecticidal toxins and found in most processed foods as vegetable oil, high fructose corn syrup, etc.) are two of the most common ingredients.

    • Avoid Chemical Hormones in Milk: Avoid milk that contains rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone), a genetically engineered, synthetic chemical hormone. Like aspartame, rBGH has been banned in Europe because of the breast cancer risk that it may present.

    • Use the “Grandmother Theory”: Feed your kids according to the “grandmother theory”: only snacks created from ingredients that your grandmother would have had in her kitchen (all of those ingredients on the sides of snack packs that we can’t pronounce were only found in chemical labs back in her day!). Get back to basics: bananas and washed apples and carrots.

    • Find Your Top Five: Identify five foods that make regular appearances at your dinner table and try to find affordable organic alternatives

    • Hit the Frozen Aisle: Frozen organic fruits and vegetables are often cheaper than their fresh counterparts.

    (Source: Times Online, Organix)

      12 Responses to “Organics 101: Lose the Toxins, Allergens and Weight!”

      1. Thanks for the article. We switched to organic milk about 9 months ago (we drink a lot of milk in our family so this was the first organic-only product we started with). Well, my oldest son is two and has eczema, asthma and food allergies. With good supplementation, green cleaners and skin care regimine we’ve pretty well gotten his asthma and eczema under control. A few weeks ago on a hectic day we bought non-organic milk out of convenience (the store we were at didn’t carry organic). Almost immediately my son’s eczema flared up all over his face, arms and legs. It took me a couple of days to figure out that the milk was the cause, but sure enough as soon as we switched back to organic milk his skin cleared up! It gives me chills to think how we are poisoning ourselves and our children as a nation.
        Lisa Tambellini
        http://www.bellinihealth.com

      2. Great Article! Your website looks great. I need to place another order soon. I am almost out of everything that says allergykids on it. Talk to you soon.
        Heather Garner
        Food Allergy Information & Training Helper
        http://www.foodallergyfaith.org

      3. Michele Cooper

        I am in my 30′s and I, too, have extreme eczema. For years I have tried to explain to my doctors and family that I scratch because I feel an “itching” on the inside of my body that feels like poison. Now as an adult I have recently developed a severe allergy to certain shellfish. One day I ate an oyster and ended up in the emergency room. That was my wake up call.

        The switch to organic is a process that I’m still working on. The “top five” strategy is a great one to get started. Since I made the switch to organic I realized that food tastes so much better! I made chocolate chip cookies yesterday and they tasted as good as I remembered them from my childhood. That in itself is a big motivator to go organic.

        The next step for me is to source organic health and beauty products, which is much more challenging than I though, partly because of the cost but also lack of available product. I had used a sample of organic aloe vera gel with great results, but when I used (non organic) aloe vera gel I had a terrible topical reaction. And organic aloe vera isn’t available at any stores near me. But knowing what a big difference it makes, I will make a point to seek it out.

        Additionally, since I’ve gone organic, I’ve lost weight without even trying. I didn’t think anything of it until I read your blog.

      4. baby jayne

        I have a 9 year old son who has severe peanut allergy (and other nuts), general allergies, asthma, excemia, and has an undiagnosed disorder that causes him to become hypoglycemic if he doesn’t eat in about 4 hours. I love him so much and it is so stressful sometimes. The other day his teacher started eating a peanut butter sandwich in his classroom, which is a peanut-free zone. His classmates had to tell her to get rid of it and wash her hands and rinse her mouth. A friend of mine thought of my son and gave us some bright green stickers and badges. I am very thankful. I am just starting to venture into the organic section of the supermarket, but it’s kind of expensive. I am glad she brought this “AllergyKids” information to me. Now I know I have somewhere to obtain information and try to start my family eating more healthy.

      5. Doris Currie

        My son is 12 and has had constapition and stomach pain all of his life. We have just started with organic and gluten free foods it seems to be getting better. I am finding it hard with cost and all the hidden ingredients that are in foods.

      6. I have recently been diagnosed with multiple food allergies. I’m concerned my daughter may have one or two also.

        This site is definitely giving me “food for thought.”

        Holly@http://hollytriedit.blogspot.com

      7. Very interesting stuff! Another alternative to certified organic produce is local produce from a farmer’s market or nearby farm. At least you can speak directly with the grower and find out what their practices are. It is expensive and takes years to get USDA certified organic, so many smaller farms won’t bother. Look for “pesticide-free,” that kind of wording. And don’t be afraid to ask if them if they use chemical pesticides or fertilizers.

        I find the farmer’s market is usually a bit cheaper than the grocery store. Of course, I always say, it’s easy to stay thin when you shop organic — you can’t afford to overeat!

        http://jflohr.wordpress.com/

      8. Sherri Loy

        Thank you for putting this necessary information out so that the public can see and use it. I have a daughter who was diagnosed with food allergies at a very young age. Everyone, except one doctor, said that there was not such thing as being allergic to dyes in foods, soy products, and MSG’s. We fight a battle everyday. If she gets the wrong the foods, she gets extremely irritated, has days where she cries all day long, can’t concentrate in school, and becomes so demanding that it takes my last bit of energy to cope with her. My doctor has given me some guidelines to follow, but some is not enough. What else is out there that I can use to help my daughter cope with this inconvenience that she was born with?

      9. Karen

        My 7 year old son suffers from horrific migrane headaches. These have not been diagnoised by his doctor but I get them, and know that he is suffering from the same things. It never occured to me that these may be triggered bt the food he is eating. I will try to start buying organic,(this will be hard due to my budget,) and see if this makes a diiference. Thank you.

      10. angela vadney

        hi,
        my mother in law turned me on to your site and WOW!!!!! i had no idea so many children (and big people too) were-well, being posioned. i have 2 children (1 1/2 and 5), and they appear healthy. they are not school age yet . and i pray that they will do well when they are.
        frankly, i am sickened at what the government, big company’s/fast food industries ,etc. are doing to our foods. i wonder how many of them actually eat the garbage they put out for us “little people”. to know that they fund wars insted of decently funding the fda isnt a good feeling either. to bad the future soldiers of those wars are posined, sick, dieing or already dead.
        thanks for the info. and thanks for reading. my name is angie and i may not be the best speller in the world but hopefully i got my point across. i’ll do my part to put a stop to this all-if someone could just tell me where to start.

      11. Aria's Mommy

        Thank you so much for all the work you do for us!! Love the site. Lets hope we as a society can push our government to do right by our kids…but in the mean time thank you for helping us do that now!

      12. As a grandmother of several young grandchildren with allergies & one with autism, I am grateful for this website.

        The link has been forwarded to all of my children today.

        One of the things we have done to help fill nutritional gaps is start our grandchildren on 15 fruits & vegetables per day.

        FRUITS & VEGETABLES ARE THE ANSWER TO BETTER HEALTH!

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