If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I’m a huge proponent of food as medicine. Back in June I did a post on serving your family and friends good food, clean food. When you love someone, you want to give them your best. If you truly love someone, why would you serve them pesticide laden food or GMO (genetically modified foods)? Why?
Some people think that you can just rinse the pesticide off with soap and water or a vinegar solution. Yes, you can remove some harmful pesticides from the surface of your fruits and vegetables by doing this. Unfortunately, that won’t get everything. Pesticides are usually sprayed on the crops but they also make their way into the soil. Plants get their nutrients by pulling them from the surrounding soil. Anything in the soil and water is going into the plant by default. This always reminds me of my students and clients who insist that the fried chicken can’t be that bad because they removed the skin. LOL If you don’t get that one, you really need to call me.
If you think GMO is just hysteria propagated by some fringe group? I’ll let you in on a little secret. When we talk about genetically modified foods, we aren’t talking about some new hybrid tomato or combining two different types of plants. All the concern over GMO foods is due to the fact that they have been created in a lab, sometimes by combining plant and animal or insect genes, without the benefit of independent research on their safety. Most of the studies done by feeding GMO to rats has not worked well for the rats. In many cases they developed large cancerous tumors, grew hair in their mouths and suffered an early and painful death. We don’t need these science projects to increase food yield either. Most civilized countries recognize the danger of forcing people to eat these foods and have banned them. In the US, most corn, soybean and wheat is GMO. Almost any processed food you consume has one or all of these ingredients. Read the label! Given the risks, it’s worth it to avoid them. The only studies to date supporting GMO have come from people in the food manufacturing industry, like Monsanto, Bayer or their paid advocates.
Organic produce can be less expensive if you know where to shop, like local markets, your own backyard, community gardens, your own patio or kitchen. Food can be grown in so many amazing places so there’s no excuse for eating pesticides and feeding them to the people you love. Non-GMO seeds are readily available locally or online. When you clean up your food, your health will improve overnight. You can actually feel the difference. You might also live longer and age gracefully. Wouldn’t that be fun?
Hears to your Lifetime Health!