This is why I don’t waste my money on organic food…
I don’t waste my money on organic food.
I invest in my temple.
It’s amazing that we have been labeling “organic” foods for the past 12 years, but the term is still misconstrued and unclear. If you want a simple definition of organic, it basically means “food as God intended.” Let me explain.
The food we get from plants and animals generally goes through a number of steps before it hits our plates. One major step is the growing process. As they grow, plants and animals can be fed certain chemicals to make it grow faster, so the business can make more money. Plants and animals can also be fed hormones to make them grow bigger, so the business can make more money. Plants and animals can be fed dyes to make them grow more colorful, so the business can make more money. While these may be the items that are the most common and least expensive in the produce and meat sections, guess what…none of these chemicals will help build our temple.
Now let us consider “organic” food. According to the USDA, “organic agriculture produces products using methods that preserve the environment and avoid most synthetic materials, such as pesticides and antibiotics. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics puts it like this, “To clarify: Organic foods aren’t necessarily grown without pesticides or fertilizers, but instead with those types found naturally in the environment, with substances on an approved list, or with insects that are natural predators.”
What does this mean? Short of growing our own food in our backyard and monitoring everything that happens to it, organic food is “food as God intended.” Why? Just like in Genesis 1:29-30, the food is allowed to grow without an overload of chemicals, hormones, dyes, etc.
We are what we eat, but we are also what what we eat ate. (Get it? Tehe). This is important because, if we eat chemically-laden food, we become chemically laden as well. If we eat hormone-saturated food, we become hormone-saturated as well. (Ever wonder why our girls are developing so much faster these days)? That’s why I don’t see purchasing organic as a waste of money. Instead, I look at it as investing in my temple.
Since buying ALL organic can get expensive, here are a few strategies to keep it affordable:
- If it’s something that most people eat a lot of, buy it organic (apples, oranges, bananas, spinach, cucumbers, etc). This is because companies want to capitalize on the demand, so they will do whatever they can to produce as much as possible, including adding chemicals.
- Buy meat organic. Our bodies are really sensitive to hormones. Hormones are added to most meats, , so it’s just better overall to buy meat organic.
- If it’s something you eat all the time, buy it organic. I really enjoy kale chips, so it’s better for me to buy it organic. That way I know I’m ingesting quality product. For you, it may be sweet potatoes or mangoes.
- Look for the USDA Organic label. Many companies have started using variations of the word “organic” in their company name as a marketing tactic. Be a smart consumer by looking for the USDA Organic label.
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