Written by John Immel,
SEE ALL REVIEWS & COMMENTSConventional foods may have residual pesticides. Generally, foods that you peel (like bananas and avocados) are less likely to be contaminated in the flesh. Some GMO foods actually have the pesticides built into the DNA. These pesticides can never be removed or washed off.
Organic food often tastes much better than conventional counterparts. Food that tastes vibrant sends a clearer signal to your tastebuds. Food that is tasteless can be very confusing to the body. Food with a richer tastes probably has a richer nutritional profile as well.
At the store, look at the difference between organic / inorganic examples of the same vegetable. Do they look equally vital? Equally nourishing? You can do the same thing in the meat section. Non-GMO products are usually smaller and more brightly colored. This tells you that the food is more concentrated with nutrition and vitality. It will make you work less to receive it's benefits. Your ancestors enjoyed these nutrient dense foods. Why not reclaim that birthright?
It may seem like organic foods are too expensive for your budget. I have 5 kids, and share your passion for economy and efficiency. Here is my list of inexpensive organic foods.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.