That is an amazing question and one that if you consider wisely can transform your health and the health of your family as well. It is also well worth your time to examine and evaluate your practices. I recently did this and I was pleasantly surprised by the knowledge that eating habits were not as bad as I thought and not nearly as good as I can easily make them with a few minor tweaks. So what are your food values?
So let’s dive in:
How much organic and non-GMO products do you consume? The market research firm, Mintel, found organic consumption is greatest among young people with nearly half of millennials choosing organic for half of their food and beverages. I found this amazing and my daughter proved it to me. There are (5) people in her immediate family and she searches out organic and non-GMO foods. I thought, if my smart daughter can do it so can I. Naturally, she loved educating her mom on the subject as well.
What is GMO? The acronym GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms, which refers to any food product that has been altered at the gene level.Genetically modified foods are also frequently described as “genetically engineered”, “genetically altered” or “genetically manipulated.”
What is organic? Simply stated, organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones.
As for non-GMO verified. This is the most sought after label in the food industry growing faster than gluten-free or organic. No one wants food that is plastic, well, that is what I call it. Will our cells recognize GMO food? That is another article and requires much research. So…later for that subject as well an article all about grains.
Do you have a small patch garden? Even a few pots scattered about will do. If not, make this a priority for your family if possible. Use a well-lit window if you do not have outdoor space.
Livestock: Beef, poultry, and pork. Include lamb if you must. I can say this, less is better, and organic is preferred. Look for products with no artificial additives, no hormones and zero antibiotics given. Eat less meat with better quality.
Look for foods without additives, examples are, food coloring, artificial flavoring and corn syrup.
Cook or learn to cook the food you consume. Do not eat anything your grandmother would not recognize. Period!
Naturally, more research is needed on individual bases for what your needs are and this short article is only to start you thinking about the possibilities of making small changes to improve your health and feel good.
Remember too that we the consume drive the food industry and what we want we get.
What are your views?