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Eat Organic Foods for Better Health

It is more important today than ever before to purchase organic foods. Organic fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy products do not have the toxins that inorganic foods have.

With the large amounts of toxins in the inorganic foods we eat, we all need to eat organic whenever possible. Every time that you choose conventionally farmed foods or processed foods over organic, you are increasing your cumulative exposure to chemicals and raising your risk of disease.

For example, consider the differences between regular dairy cows and cows at an organic dairy farm. The cows at a regular dairy are given hormone shots, antibiotics, and live in very poor conditions. The average lifespan of a dairy cow is about seven or eight years compared to the lifespan of 16 years for a cow that is well-cared for.

Cows at an organic dairy are not given any hormone shots or any antibiotics. They are allowed to graze on grassy pastures. They therefore give milk that is not tainted with chemicals, hormones and infections.

By eating organic produce, meats and dairy, you are saving your body from the toxins found in the inorganic produce, meat and dairy. Research has shown that children who regularly eat organic foods have lower levels of toxic chemicals in their bodies than those who only eat conventional foods. Those toxins build up in our systems and can cause a variety of diseases.

Farmers, dairies, and processing plants that use the label "organic" have followed certain criteria prescribed by the government. Only those food items that are truly organic can be labeled as such. By purchasing organic items you can be assured that care has been taken to ensure there are no chemicals or other toxins in the food.

Most commercial meats including pork and beef, unless organic, contain antibiotics, hormones and too many polyunsaturated fats. Therefore, they should all be avoided. The cleanest food is organic food, period.

Of all the meats, it is most important to get organic chicken. Chickens are the most intensely farmed meats and are therefore given chemicals to make them grow faster and bigger. Good organic chicken is full of iron, zinc and vitamin B12, vitamins and minerals that are very important to good health.

One of the best things you can do for your body is to eat at least twelve servings of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables every single day. By eating the certified organic versions of these foods you will benefit from their energy-boosting power even more than eating inorganic.

Studies done on organic produce versus inorganic have shown that organic vegetables contain significantly increased amounts of vitamins and minerals when compared to inorganic produce. Therefore, you can eat smaller servings and still get much more of the vitamins and minerals you need each day than if you ate inorganic.

Today the variety of organic food is astounding. A partial list of organic foods available includes oats, butter, eggs, wheat flour, sugar, milk, meats, and many fruits and vegetables.

For people who enjoy a little dessert, there's nothing unhealthy about a cake made with whole wheat flour, organic butter, free-range eggs - as long as you don't eat the lot at one sitting. Choose organic when you can for ingredients such as sugar, flour, oats, fruits including candied and dried fruits, milk, eggs, and butter.

Organic items often cost more, but the costs of not eating organic can be even bigger as you will likely have higher healthcare bills and a lifetime of disease and illness.

Carol Stack has written numerous articles on health and related subjects. She lives in the United States with her husband, three children, and various dogs and cats. Carol and her sister Barbara have combined forces to produce a website that focuses on healthy and nutritious foods and recipes. You can visit it at: