- Higher quality food
- It tastes better
- Avoid antibiotics and growth hormones in meat and meat by-products
- Avoid eating products from animals that were fed with genetically modified food.
- No waxes or preservatives are used
- Limit exposure to pesticides and other chemicals
- Food is not genetically modified or irradiated
- No synthetic additives are used (preservatives, nitrates and sulphites, artificial sweeteners, MSG, or artificial food coloring)
- Help to protect and preserve our ecosystem and agricultural diversity
- Protect our soil and water
- Protect and support our animals
- Support organic farmers and sustainable agriculture
- Help to keep and protect the health of our children and future generations
Fruits to purchase organic: Apples, grapes, peaches, pears, strawberries
Vegetables to purchase organic: Bell peppers, celery, cucumbers, lettuce, potatoes, spinach
Food irradiation is when fruits and vegetables have been exposed to an ionized source of energy – which can be compared to x-rays or microwave energy – to kill bacteria and other food pests that might be present in the food. It’s also used to prevent spoilage and to preserve flavors. It doesn’t affect the nutritional value of the food, but it changes the chemistry. Food irradiation doesn’t guarantee food safety.
100% Organic – These products can only contain organic ingredients, meaning no antibiotics, growth hormones, genetic engineering, radiation or synthetic pesticides can be used.
Organic – This term means that these products contain at least 95% organic ingredients, with the balance coming from ingredients on the approved National List
Made with Organic Ingredients – Must contain at least 70% organic ingredients. These products may not legally use the USDA organic logo.
-Lacto-ovo vegetarians = consume eggs and dairy products
-Lacto vegetarians = consume dairy products but no eggs
-Ovo-vegetarians = consume eggs but no dairy products
-Pescatarian = consume fish but no meat
Vegans are stricter than vegetarians. They do not eat eggs and dairy products. Some of them won’t eat honey, but if they do, it would normally be organic, wild and/or raw. They also do their best to not use or wear leather, fur, silk, wool, or use cosmetics and soaps derived from animal products. They will also avoid using products that have been tested on animals.
Raw foodists don’t cook their food above 118 degrees Fahrenheit; they eat their food raw. The goal is to keep all nutrients in the food because they believe that when food is cooked, a loss of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, water, and other important phytonutrients occurs. They like to keep the food in its original state. They normally consume organic food and products. Some of them will eat raw meat and fish, but most raw foodists don’t. If they eat honey, they will get raw honey, which is the most nutritious type of honey.
Celiac disease. People who have celiac disease MUST be on a very strict gluten-free diet. They also have to be careful with the gluten found in medication and supplements as well. A single piece of bread or something that has gluten in it can make you sick.
Gluten sensitivity. If you know you have gluten sensitivity, it’s best to stay away from gluten. It’s not as severe as celiac, but you still want to be careful with what you eat.
Other gastrointestinal problems. People with digestive problems such as constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, leaky gut, or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) normally feel much better with a diet free of gluten.
Autistic children. Many, if not all, autistic children have damage in their intestine. It’s important to help them with a diet that won’t irritate their gut and help them to heal the intestinal tract. A diet free of gluten, and also casein (protein found in milk and dairy), normally is very helpful for their digestive system, as well as their general health and behavior.
Anyone who wants to be healthier. Gluten may be inflammatory to the body and be the cause of many health problems. In my opinion, everyone would benefit from a diet free of gluten. However, if gluten is kept in the diet, it’s best to get real and whole grains, and avoid what’s refined and highly processed.
Gluten sensitivity is much more common and is not as bad as celiac disease as there is no attack on the body’s tissues. However, since there is sensitivity, symptoms such as fatigue, bloating, gas, as well as joint pain, may occur. People feel much better on a gluten-free diet but they don’t need to be as strict as people that have celiac disease.
Whey is another protein found in milk but found in a different proportion. Whey is about 20%, and casein completes the protein with approximately 80%. This protein is normally better tolerated by people than casein.
Lactose is the sugar present in milk. Lactase is the name of the enzyme needed to break down lactose.
Homogenization is the process that avoids the separation of the cream with the milk and gives a better color to the milk and, as result, makes the milk looks more appetizing. The main problem with homogenization is that the fat particles are small which means that they go easily into the blood stream, rather than being eliminated, which make us absorb more fats.